Friday, March 13, 2015

Broadened View Point

Hello Lovelies! For this tbt, I'm looking at a book I read a couple years ago at the suggestion of Rosianna. I don't often read adult books, but I'd never read anything like Ghana Must Go. It's a book I think about fairly consistently. 

Here's what I wrote about it on Goodreads:

Ghana Must Go is the fascinating story of one family's beginning and ending. When the father of the Sai family dies, the family is brought back together for the funeral. Through their interactions, we learn about the destruction they have survived thus far and how it has affected the family members. By the end, we hope to see them healing. 

This isn't typically a novel I would have picked up, but I saw Rosianna's (missxrojas on youtube's) review of it. I'm so glad I decided to grab it. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys people. If you find people and their problems interesting, you'd probably enjoy Ghana Must Go.

While I was reading this book, for the first half of it or so, I wasn't entirely sure I was enjoying it. It's a bit slow (even though it starts with their father dying) because you don't yet know the family. Once I started to understand the family members as individuals and as a whole family, I needed to know how they were going to heal from the death and the funeral. 

I had never even heard of Taiye Selasi before I read Ghana Must Go. She's of Nigerian and Ghanian descent and born in London but grew up in Boston, MA. Her writing is beautiful. It also made me aware of how embedded racism was in my own thoughts.

Ghana Must Go was my first experience with a current book set in an African country. Even though before I'd read it, I had met two totally different people from two separate African countries, I still thought of Africa of primarily rural with people in tribes--the kind of imagery we learn from school and National Geographic when we're young in America. Ghana Must Go showed me how wrong I was in my mind. I was shown first-hand how diverse books affect everybody. (I cannot even imagine how reading this book as someone of Ghanian descent would feel because it's so outside my own scope of being, but I imagine it would be pretty damn awesome.) 

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