The God Child

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Bloomsbury USA, Mar 3, 2020 - Fiction - 256 pages

"A brave reinvention of the immigrant narrative . . . Cesaire's Notebook meets Duras' Lover. Unprecedented" --Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go

A moving, mesmerizing, and astoundingly original debut novel by one of the most exciting literary voices to emerge in recent years.

Maya is the only child of an expat Ghanaian couple based in Germany, where as the sole African girl in her school, the pressure is on her to succeed. While her father is taciturn and reserved, her mother-heir to a crumbling dynasty in Ghana-is glamorous and charismatic. Maya is both in awe of and intimidated by her overbearing beauty and her ability to command a room, especially with tales of the family's former glory that seem so far removed from Maya's reality. But when Maya's mother adopts her god child, Kojo, his mission to heal their story begins to bring to Maya the sense of possibility and purpose she has longed for.

The God Child is a coming-of-age story about a young girl finding her freedom in the midst of familial, cultural, and political constraints. With a bracing combination of power and vulnerability, Ayim's debut is about how families, and nations, overcome the limitations of the past through the cycles of generations.

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Ayim’s promising but uneven debut follows Ghanian expatriate Maya through her childhood and young adulthood in stultifying German society. Growing up in Germany and the U.K. during the 1970s and ’80s ... Read full review

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About the author (2020)

Nana Oforiatta Ayim is a writer, art historian, and filmmaker whose work has appeared at the New Museum, the Tate Modern, and elsewhere. As founder of the ANO Institute of Arts & Knowledge, she pioneered a pan-African Cultural Encyclopedia. Recently appointed a TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, she is also the recipient of an Art + Technology Award from LACMA, and the inaugural Soros Arts Fellowship. The God Child is her first novel. She lives in Accra.

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