She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore audiobook

She Would Be King: A Novel

By Wayétu Moore
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    ISBN: 9781978621664

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Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association Book Club Central Official Selection A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history―a dazzling retelling of Liberia’s formation Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them. Moore’s intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. “If she was not a woman,” the wind says of Gbessa, “she would be king.” In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.

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Summary

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A BookPage Top Pick for September

Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association Book Club Central Official Selection

A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history―a dazzling retelling of Liberia’s formation

Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.

Moore’s intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. “If she was not a woman,” the wind says of Gbessa, “she would be king.” In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hotly anticipated…A breathtaking retelling of the founding of Liberia…Wayétu Moore’s magical realism can make anyone believe in how connected humans are to the world around them.” Glamour
“Moore’s vivid characters, beguiling language, and powerful subject matter engage us thoroughly. The book is unforgettable.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[A] rich historical debut…History and the mystical intertwine seamlessly in this profound and unforgettable novel about oppression and freedom.” BookPage
“This magical retelling of Liberia’s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic.” Susan Henderson, author of The Flicker of Old Dreams

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Author

Author Bio: Wayétu Moore

Author Bio: Wayétu Moore

Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book and is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University, and the University of Southern California. She teaches at the City University of New York’s John Jay College.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 9.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English