Ghana Must Go (2013) Ghana Must Go isn't really about Ghana. Raised in the U.S. by West African parents and mentored by Toni Morrison, Selasi has said that she… 2013-03-05 Fiction Penguin
Book Review

Ghana Must Go (2013)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 05, 2013; Writer: Taiye Selasi; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Penguin

Ghana Must Go isn't really about Ghana. Raised in the U.S. by West African parents and mentored by Toni Morrison, Selasi has said that she dislikes novels that conflate African people with Africa itself, as if the continent were more important than the individual. So it feels like a defiant choice that she focuses her debut on an African family who could be anyone living anywhere. After their father's death, the Sai children return from the States to Ghana, where they're forced to confront old betrayals and jealousies. Selasi's dissection of every last moment can be exhausting: She revisits the morning of the father's passing multiple times. But she writes elegantly about the ways people grow apart — husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, parents and kids. If the Sais are haunted by history, it's not Africa's — it's their own. B

Originally posted Feb 27, 2013 Published in issue #1249 Mar 08, 2013 Order article reprints