GraceLand: A Novel

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Picador, Jan 26, 2005 - Fiction - 336 pages
117 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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User Review  - Gina - Goodreads

So I liked the story, I liked Elvis, and I liked reading about Nigeria. The story was well-paced and interesting, I thought Elvis was likable, and the glimpse into Nigerian society was interesting ... Read full review

Review: GraceLand

User Review  - Goodreads

So I liked the story, I liked Elvis, and I liked reading about Nigeria. The story was well-paced and interesting, I thought Elvis was likable, and the glimpse into Nigerian society was interesting ... Read full review

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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 book Daphne's Lot is a collection of poetry for which he won a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship. His book, Kalakuta Republic, is a collection of poetry based on his experience as a political prisoner in Nigeria, and received the PEN USA West Freedom-to-Write Award and the Prince Claus of the Netherlands Award. Abani lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

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