She Would Be King

She Would Be King

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Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them. -- Adapted from jacket.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9781555978174
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 27, 2020

She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore immediately sucks you in as Moore weaves together the stories of characters who stick with you long after you put the book down. I highly recommend adding this to your book list.

Jan 07, 2019

"If she was not a woman, she would be king."
Impressive debut novel from Wayetu Moore, which joins a growing list of novels either set in Africa and/or written by African writers; see "Freshwater," "Children of Blood and Bone," "Speak No Evil," "Half of a Yellow Sun," and "North of Dawn." "She Would be King" is a striking blend of historical realism and fable (I hesitate to use the overused term magical realism.) that has a contemporary resonance. Moore has also founded a library in Monrovia, Liberia, where much of the novel is set.

Oct 07, 2018

Amazing! I could not put this story down. I loved how the author captured different aspects of the black experience during this time as it relates to slavery. Some born into captivity, others born free but bound by the restraints of societal oppression and others who found their freedom and willed to hold on. I loved how the author brought all these stories together and I am excited to read more work from her.


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