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At the age of thirty-three, Ekow Eshun—born in London to African-born parents—travels to Ghana in search of his roots. He goes from Accra, Ghana’s cosmopolitan capital city, to the storied slave forts of Elmina, and on to the historic warrior kingdom of Asante. During his journey, Eshun uncovers a long-held secret about his lineage that will compel him to question everything he knows about himself and where he comes from. From the London suburbs of his childhood to the twenty-first century African metropolis, Eshun’s is a moving chronicle of one man’s search for home, and of the pleasures and pitfalls of fashioning an identity in these vibrant contemporary worlds.
“A life-affirming memoir about belonging, identity, and hope.”
“An impressive debut. . .An unusual memoir in which the personal and the political are entwined with great skill.”
—The Times (London)
“Leavened with insight, self-awareness, and flashes of humor . . .Eshun is a skilled wordsmith.”
—Christian Science Monitor
“Refreshing. . .Eshun’s writing is fluid and self-assured. . .his wistfulness and wry sense of humor add to the book’s charm. . .an engaging and eye-opening account of one man’s journey toward self-discovery.”
—Black Issues Book Review