Book review:Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

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Synopsis “Ghana must go tells the story of Folasade Savage, who leaves Lagos for Pennsylvania where she meets her Ghananian husband, Kweku Sai, a brilliant surgeon. Fola, as she is called gives up her dream of going to law school in order to raise their four children. After losing his job, Kweku abandons them all and returns to Ghana; When the book opens the family has splintered, with no one in regular communication. The news of Kweku’s death in Accra brings the five remaining Sais together for a bittersweet trip to his homeland” Source:Ny times review

 

I was surprised that this was a first novel. Usually it takes at least two novels for some authors to have such a good use of characterizations, description and tension. Many times while reading the book I  felt like I found a set of Russian nesting dolls.  Inside the larger doll there is a smaller doll and inside the smaller doll there is yet another doll. If you scratch the surface of the story there were so many issues created by this one event , just when you think maybe one issue maybe resolved, another dilemma would arise rearing its ugly head. Even though I enjoyed this novel a great deal, I would have to give this book 4 out of 5 stars simply because of the time spent on the issues I felt that we didn’t get to get a little more into the final scene where there is some closure.

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