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Contemporary Lit | Planning > Contemporary: Mainstream Fiction (Sep 2012)

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message 1: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Please suggest books for this genre. Remember the author must be african. Setting does not matter.


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message 3: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Millicent wrote: "Buchi Emecheta
Nuruddin Farah"


thank you millicent! i will also make sure these are on our master list. i will likely pull many options from that list for this genre.


message 4: by Katy (new)

Katy | 81 comments Bitches Brew by Fred Khumalo (ISBN 978-1770091900).

The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien (ISBN 9780375507557)


message 5: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 541 comments The Stone Virgins: A Novel - Yvonne Vera


message 6: by Beverly (new)

Beverly | 541 comments I have another one to add -
This book will be released in Mar 2013 but I have been hearing buzz about it for a little while now.

Ghana Must Go - Taiye Selasi
Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku’s death sends a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story.

Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go follows the Sais’ journey, moving with great elegance through time and place to share the truths hidden and lies told; the crimes committed in the name of love. In the wake of Kwaku’s death, the family gathers in Ghana, at their mother, Fola’s, new home. The eldest son and his new wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; their baby sister, now a young woman—all come together for the first time in years, each carrying secrets of his own. What is revealed in their coming together is the story of how they came apart.

But the horrible fragility of the world they have built soon becomes clear, and Kwaku’s leaving begets a series of betrayals that none of them could have imagined. Splintered, alone, each navigates his pain, believing that what has been lost can never be recovered—until, in Ghana, a new way forward, a new family, begins to emerge.

Ghana Must Go is at once a portrait of a family and an exploration of the importance of where we come from and our obligations to one another. In a sweeping narrative that takes us from West Africa to New England to London, Ghana Must Go teaches that the stories we share with one another can build a new future.


message 7: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn | 816 comments Gosh, where to start, huh?! :) I assume you've got plenty on the master list already but knowing you, you're excited for everybody to post even more suggestions, huh?! :D


message 8: by Marieke, Former guide & Chief Chatterbox (new)

Marieke | 2838 comments Mod
Muphyn wrote: "Gosh, where to start, huh?! :) I assume you've got plenty on the master list already but knowing you, you're excited for everybody to post even more suggestions, huh?! :D"

yeah, we sure do have a lot on that list...but maybe new things will be coming out? or people have new suggestions... :)


message 9: by Muphyn (new)

Muphyn | 816 comments That's true! Always exciting to be able to include a new release in a group read!


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