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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User 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

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User 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

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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