Publication Date: 02/04/2020 ISBN: 9781911590132 Category:

She Would Be King

Wayetu Moore

Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publication Date: 02/04/2020 ISBN: 9781911590132 Category:
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“Wayetu Moore is an inspiration . . . her book is a gift” Imbolo Mbue

“The book is unforgettable . . . irresistibly evocative and fierce. She Would Be King is a masterfully wrought alternate history of magical black resistance” Star Tribune

“This novel dazzles with beauty and transcendent, transformative humanity” Sarah Jessica Parker

In the west African village of Lai, red-haired Gbessa is cursed at birth and exiled on suspicion of being a witch. Bitten by a viper and left for dead, she survives to discover a new life with a group of African American settlers in the colony of Monrovia.

Then Gbessa meets two extraordinary others; June Dey – a man of unusual strength, born into slavery on a plantation in Virginia – and Norman Aragon, the child of a white British coloniser and a Maroon slave from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica, who can fade from sight at will.

Soon all three realise that they are cursed – or perhaps, uniquely gifted. Together they protect the weak and vulnerable, but only Gbessa can salvage the tense relationship between the settlers and the indigenous tribes.

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In her transcendent debut, Wayetu Moore illuminates the tumultuous roots of Liberia, blending history and magical realism in a profound tale of resistance and humanity.

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