A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and historya dazzling retelling of Liberias formation.Waytu Moores powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberias 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.Moores intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spi...
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She Would Be King Reviews
Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK!
I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I felt a pounding in my chest and fluttering in my stomach as I asked myself while reading this book- "what magic is this book?!" . I was reminded of how I felt when I was younger and I opened a book I know ...more
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3.5 stars rounded up. I’d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Moore, and that this debut is a lovely ode to the country of Liberia and Liberian womanhood, through Gbessa’s complex characterization.
I have so much emotion tied with reading this book I don’t know that I can do it justice with a brief review. The reader is led through this story by three characters who have been endowed with special powers—Gbessa, June Dey, and Norman. This is a culture where the wind speaks, a witch is born, and a boy child discovers he has superhuman strength. Storytelling, magical realism and fantasy are an integral part of this life; there are also the horrors of slavery and brutal tribal clashes. This is ...more
She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American slave born in unusual circumstances, and a bi-racial Jamaican with a white rapist for a father, all with unusual abilities. The narrative tackles difficult subjects head on and has several beautifully written sectio ...more
This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home country gain independence. Gbessa is a powerful female figure and I love stories where women are powerfully motivated and transcend their abilities to fight for their family, love and their motherland.
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She Would Be King was such a surprising and lovely book. It is a retelling of Liberia’s creation story in vivid beautifully written detail. It is a captivating story that I could not put down.
I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR.
Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than that. I loved Gbessa's voice and strength, as well as June Day's. My only problem was the way the story ended. Not that it was bad, but it seemed to abruptly stop. Or maybe that's me being greedy. Still, this book is ma ...more