Kweku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside his home in suburban Accra. The news of Kweku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go is a testament to the transformative power of unconditional love, from a debut novelist of extraordinary talent. Moving with great elegance through time and place, Ghana Must Go charts the Sais’ circuitous journey to one another. In the wake of Kweku’s death, his children gather in Ghana at their enigmatic mother’s new home. The eldest son and his wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; the baby sister, now a young woman: each carries secrets of his own. What is revealed in their coming together is the story of how they came apart: the hearts broken, the lies told, the crimes committed in the name of love. Splintered, alone, each navigates his pain, believing that what has been lost can never be recovered—until, in Ghana, a new way forward, a new family, begins to emerge.

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The Guardian

02 Feb 2017
8.0
Before you get to page one of this book there is a noisy overture. The author has been mentored by Toni Morrison and endorsed by Salman Rushdie. She is Yale- and Oxford-educated, half-Nigerian and half-Ghanaian, born in London, raised in Boston, liv ...
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Independent.co.uk

02 Feb 2017
8.0
This arresting first novel comes garlanded with mighty expectations: translated into umpteen languages already, the author mentored by no less than Toni Morrison, advance approval from Salman Rushdie and cover quotes from Penelope Lively and Teju Col ...
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Pulse.ng

01 Feb 2017
7.0
‘Ghana Must Go’ is an immigrant story that follows a fragmented family from the shores of Nigeria, to America and Ghana. The impact of death, lies and secrets unveil the details within the plot. It was definitely an interesting read, considering ...
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New York Times

01 Feb 2017
6.0
“Ambitious” is one of those words that shift shape as they cross the Atlantic, as Taiye Selasi is certainly aware. Born in London of Nigerian and Ghanaian parents, and raised in Massachusetts, Selasi has written an ambitious first novel — and I ...
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Telegraph

01 Feb 2017
5.0
Parental neglect, sibling rivalry, racism, bulimia, paedophilia, allegations of professional misconduct… Nobody could accuse Taiye Selasi of lacking ambition. Her first novel moves easily between West Africa and the east coast of the United States ...
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The Book Bag

01 Feb 2017
6.0
Kweku Sai, father, husband and doctor, awakes early one morning and wanders outside into his Ghanaian garden. As he gazes back at his house, he suffers a fatal heart attack and, during his last moments reflects on his life and a family fragmented. On ...

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Published Date:

March 5th, 2013

Publisher:

Penguin Press (USA)

ISBN:

978-1-594-20449-4

Language:

English

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