Posted on Monday, 08 July 2013 11:20

Book Review: Ghana Must Go

By Billie Adwoa McTernan

Taiye Selasi's debut novel Ghana Must Go follows a Ghanaian-nigerian family that settles in Boston.


The Sais find themselves cast – and in some cases self-exiled – across new York, boston and Accra.

They live separate lives, only to be brought back together by a family tragedy.

From the outset, the reader may feel thrown into the middle of the story, and it takes a few chapters before all the members of the immediate family are properly introduced.

Once the connections are made and the relationships established, it becomes easy and exciting to enter into the ebb and flow of events.

Selasi alternates narratives between family members, and this leaves few questions about their behaviour unanswered by the end of the novel.

Equally thorough is the scene-setting that features quite prominently in the book.

But while the weighty descriptions mostly form vivid images, at times they leave the reader confused in a sea of words.

And although the to-ing and fro-ing across continents can be confusing, this is also quite often the reality for African families strung between the continent and the West, making it all the easier to relate to.

In essence, Selasi's first novel is a story of abandonment in various forms – home, family and country.

Touching and uncomplicated, Ghana Must Go is a promising start by the young Ghanaian-nigerian author, Taiye selasi. ●

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