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She Would Be King: A Novel

Wayétu Moore.
Item #: D03060
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 312 / 2018
Publisher: Graywolf.
ISBN: 9781555978174
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In a West African village, red-haired Gbessa is cursed at birth and later exiled; bitten by a viper and left for dead, she nonetheless survives. On a Virginia plantation, June Dey hides his uncanny strength, until a fight exposes him and he must flee. And in Jamaica, Norman Aragon, son of a British colonist and a Maroon slave, can fade from sight at will, as his mother could. Around these three outcasts, a nation will grow up, in Wayétu Moore's powerful debut novel—a parable of the founding of Liberia, tinged with magic realism.

"[The author] reconsiders the idealism of the early African-American settlers through … universal themes: falling in love, defying familial expectations and the difficulties of doing the right thing."—NYTimes

 

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