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
This magical retelling of Liberia’s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who’ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise up and defend not only their own futures but the memory of those who would never see freedom.
“That was when my father told me that freedom as a Negro man was different. I was free, you see, he assured me, but there were some places where I could act free and some places where I could not act free.”
She Would Be King fictionalizes the formation of Liberia through the stories of three black characters who each have some form of power that protects, but also isolates them. Their stories are told separately and narrated by the wind who is her own character with her own story. Moore’s abilit ...more
This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned
Moore’s potential legacy to that of the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novels about Nigeria reignited popular interest in the country’s stories. “She is cracking that space in America for Liberian writers”
This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I’m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I had to give it a read. Good decision making on my part because I absolutely loved this novel.
The novel is in two “books” or two parts if you will. The first (titled “The Three”) is a sort of background coming of age stor ...more
Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again...
Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Reading this debut novel is like finding a new big thing in the universe. I've never liked the phrase "magical realism" - I think everything's magic and the characters we are fortunate to share time with - Gbessa, June Dey, ...more
I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. The book was so handsomely written it should be read out loud. I can only hope Ms. Moore is somewhere dreaming up her next novel.
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