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The God Child by Nana Oforiatta Ayim

The God Child

Nana Oforiatta Ayim

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Circus
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 14 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781408882429
3 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
30 Nov 2019

"Intriguing debut about life as a Ghanaian immigrant"

The book works better when dealing with these themes through character. Kojo’s view on England, for example, is completely convincing after his experiences: “It’s a cold wet third world country, but they made us think they were all powerful.” So too are Maya’s views on identity and immigrant life, handed down by the oracle of her mother: “I thought of the stories my mother had told me of my birth into this pale-moon world: white-blonde nurses, white corridors, white walls, white floors in the children’s ward of the Marienkrankenhaus in Bad Godesberg. And amongst all the harsh whiteness, the soft brown skin, dark brown hair and brown screams from my brown-pinkish mouth.”