Ghana Must Go Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ghana Must Go explores the diversity of relationships in modern families. This story follows the Sai family. Kweku and Folasade are both immigrants (him from Ghana and her from Nigeria), who meet in the U.S. and belong to a larger community of African diasporan students studying abroad. Kweku becomes a brilliant surgeon and Folasade gives up her dream of becoming a lawyer when the two fall in love and marry. They have four children, the eldest son, a set of twins (one male/one female) and a baby daughter. Life is not easy for the Sais growing up in a culture so different from their home. When Kweku loses his job and abandons his family, things get worse. The children are pulled out of their private schools and split up with the twins going back to Nigeria for a time.
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Over the years, the bonds in this family become further broken when they fall out of touch and finally they all hear news of their dead father who none of them have seen or heard from in many years. His death brings them all together and they are forced to face the shame and stigma of what it means to be abandoned and how it has impacted each of their lives differently. When they all travel to their mother's home in Ghana they delve into the lies told in the name of love and must each navigate through the pain of believing that what was lost can never be recovered. In the end they must find out together if their is a way forward.
Best part of story, including ending: I loved he lyrical writing although at times meaning got lost.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when the family is happy in Boston together because the book is much dark and more tragic after this.

Opinion about the main character: I liked that the main character was realistic for a child of an immigrant. She did not fully shun either culture, Ghanaian or American, but embraced them both.

The review of this Book prepared by a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Black people in America/Europe Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   Boston

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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