GraceLand: A Novel
"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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Review: GraceLandUser Review - Emon Boothe - Goodreads
I believe Chris Abani did a good job writing this book. The way he uses imagery just so you can actually feel that you were Elvis in the story during every situation he went through. Some teens can ... Read full review
Review: GraceLandUser Review - Dana Mccloskey - Goodreads
Such a brilliant read. Abani captures the terror of post war Nigeria with the ever present grace of the old ways. His prose is so vivid and dense that I kept turning page after page. This tells the ... Read full review