GraceLand: A Novel

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Picador, Jan 26, 2005 - Fiction - 336 pages
24 Reviews
"A richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the new."--T. Coraghessan Boyle

The sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, this is a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria, where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.

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The ending was kind of a cop out though. - Goodreads
Also has recipes on great traditional Nigerian meals - Goodreads
A new writing mentor–someone I really admire. - Goodreads
The ending is great too. - Goodreads
Abani is a gifted writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Anduriña Teodora - Goodreads

It was very hard for me to get into this book because the characters felt like caricatures from a Nollywood script. It was hard for me to believe this world that Albani created because some of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Edwin - Goodreads

WHEN a good book ends, I feel sorry that it's over.It was a reet riveting read, that got better & better as it went on, with credible characters. An unusual book for me to read, because it was a novel ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Chris Abani was born in Nigeria. At age sixteen he published his first novel, for which he suffered severe political persecution. He went into exile in 1991, and has since lived in England and the United States. His last book, Daphne's Lot, is a collection of poetry for which he won a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the PEN USA West Freedom to Write Award and the Prince Claus Award. Abani lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

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