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Introducing a powerful new novelist whose evocation of an unforgettable African family is testament to the transformative power of unconditional love

Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku'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 follows the Sais' journey, moving with great elegance through time and place to share the truths hidden and lies told; the crimes committed in the name of love. In the wake of Kwaku's death, the family gathers in Ghana, at their mother, Fola's, new home. The eldest son and his new wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; their baby sister, now a young woman - all come together for the first time in years, each carrying secrets of his own. What is revealed in their coming together is the story of how they came apart.

But the horrible fragility of the world they have built soon becomes clear, and Kwaku's leaving begets a series of betrayals that none of them could have imagined. 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.

Ghana Must Go is at once a portrait of a family and an exploration of the importance of where we come from and our obligations to one another. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from West Africa to New England to London, Ghana Must Go teaches that the stories we share with one another can build a new future.

©2013 Taiye Selasi (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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Wonderful Read

Enjoyed book. Narration was really good, and story was extremely intense. It definitely pulled at my heart strings! Must admit there were moments in the book when I got a little confused as to which time period we were in, yet it all came together and made sense by the end. Would certainly recommend other books from this author, as well as other audiobooks performed by this same narrator.

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Good read but left some things to be desired...

Overall I thought the actor's performance was great. She can sound "nasally" when speaking in an American accent but that wasn't too distracting. I liked the story overall but it lagged and stretch out in some parts that made it difficult to keep up with. Normally it takes me a week at the most to finish a good audiobook, this took me three weeks to finish as I found myself being easily distracted by Selasi's attempts at being overly poetic. In my opinion, this book is probably better read than listened to. The ending was beautiful and tied up a lot of loose ends found in the beginning. Overall, this is a book I'd recommend.

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  • Marva
  • Gaithersburg, MD, United States
  • 09-01-14

Ghana Must GO!!!

If you could sum up Ghana Must Go in three words, what would they be?

I Love It!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

A toss between Kehinde...Olu. Their power, their genius.

Have you listened to any of Adjoa Andoh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Americana. There's no comparison because they were both great books. Person with an incredible voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Taiwo's transformation. Powerful.

Any additional comments?

This was a another great book read by Adjoa Andoh. It was a bit difficult to follow at the beginning, but as it continued, WOW, incredible. :)<br/>

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  • Mudiwa
  • Stone Mountain, GA, United States
  • 08-09-13

Poetic - Bitter - Sweet - Beautiful

It took me awhile to get in sync with the writer’s style. Tisye writing is poetic, she draws you in but once you are in wow, you feel and see the characters. It truly is a story about family, love, disappointments, hurts, and healing. Tisye beautifully weaved a story so true to life, it left me with a bitter sweetness, but is that not life.

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Very slow start

A scattered start. Comes together in the 2nd half of the novel. But really, do I need a detailed description of vomit and bile?
The twins storyline is sick!

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Difficult read, worth the effort

It took some time and reflection to really understand and appreciate the authors triumph. But once I understood I was truly moved.

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Beautiful prose

The writing style is beautiful and captivating. The story pulled me in and unfortunately reminded me a lot of my own family. I usually love books read by Adjoa Andoh; however, her repeated pronunciation of 'Brooklyn' as 'Brookline' took away from the experience for me.

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  • Kathleen
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 08-17-13

Unforgettable Family

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is an entertaining book that tells the true human story of a family dynamic. The prose is lyrical and the way the author interweaves the tales of each family member is exceptional. The listener is given an intimate view of the inner thoughts of the characters. The story is one I will remember for a long time. The ending does not disappoint.