3 Book Reviews of Fiction from the African Continent

NOTE: I will slowly be liberating all my old reviews from by posting them in groups like this.

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

A bit heavy and dense near the middle bit a worthwhile read. A multi-generational story of a family from Canada and their kids. Ghana to America and back again as a family member’s death draws them back. This is intricate novel like Jonathan Franzen’s ““The Corrections”” but I felt I liked these characters more. Rating: ★★★★

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

Rich, emotionally powerful story about a family with 5 boys and a little girl in the town of Akure, Nigeria. This story is so detailed I can see myself walking down the dirt road streets of Akure. I can smell the dirty river. I can see the boys playing football in the street. This family goes through many difficult times. You see the characters change as this story progresses. It is one of those stories that make you sad when it finishes. Hope to see more works from this new author in the future. Rating: ★★★★★

Happiness, Like Water by Chinelo Okparanta

These short stories were definitely not ““happy”” but they were certainly honest, stories of people (mostly immigrants) trying to find some happiness in the terrible situations they find themselves in. This book was mostly about female characters too. It was a great read and the characters in each story were so detailed. These were certainly inspired by real people and events. This was the 3rd novel by an African author I read this month. I really enjoyed this book but sadly all good things come to an end. Rating: ★★★★★

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