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Taiye Selasi

Critically Acclaimed Author of Ghana Must Go

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Taiye Selasi was born in London and raised in Massachusetts.  She holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale and an M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford.  Her debut novel, Ghana Must Go, will be published in 13 countries.  She lives in Rome.

Early Praise for Ghana Must Go

“Gorgeous. Reminiscent of Jhumpa Lahiri but with even greater warmth and vibrancy, Selasi's novel, driven by her eloquent prose, tells the powerful story of a family discovering that what once held them together could make them whole again.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Taiye Selasi is a totally new and near perfect voice that spans continents and social stratum as effortlessly as the insertion of an ellipsis or a dash.  With mesmerizing craftsmanship and massive imagination she takes the reader on an unforgettable journey across continents and most importantly deeply into the lives of the people whom she writes about. Ghana Must Go is a big novel, elemental, meditative, and mesmerizing… the beginning of an amazing career and a very promising life in letters.”
—Sapphire, author of Push and The Kid

Ghana Must Go is both a fast moving story of one family’s fortunes and an ecstatic exploration of the inner lives of its members. With her perfectly-pitched prose and flawless technique, Selasi does more than merely renew our sense of the African novel: she renews our sense of the novel, period. An astonishing debut.”
—Teju Cole, author of Open City

“Taiye Selasi is a young writer of staggering gifts and extraordinary sensitivity. Ghana Must Go seems to contain the entire world, and I shall never forget it.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love


Taiye Selasi speaks about Ghana Must Go at Politics and Prose in Washington, DC

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Ghana Must Go

"Miss out on Ghana Must Go and you will miss one of the best new novels of the season."

The Economist

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