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Ghana Must Go

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Ghana Must Go

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In Season
Taiye Selasi

We gave it a B

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