She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore
A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history—a dazzling retelling of Liberia’s formation.
Moore’s intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just the characters in the book 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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