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GraceLand: A Novel

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by Chris Abani
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GraceLand: A Novel by Chris Abani

In this dazzling debut by a singular new talent, the sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Broke, beset by floods, and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no job opportunities in sight, Elvis is tempted by a life of crime. Thus begins his odyssey into the dangerous underworld of Lagos, guided by his friend Redemption and accompanied by a restless hybrid of voices including The King of Beggars, Sunday, Innocent and Comfort. Ultimately, young Elvis, drenched in reggae and jazz, and besotted with American film heroes and images, must find his way to a GraceLand of his own. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, Abani has created a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 336
Size: 298 KB
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date published:   2005
ISBN: 9781429929820 (DRM-EPUB)

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Fiction > Literary

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Fiction > Psychological
Nonfiction > Poetry > Caribbean & Latin American
Nonfiction > Poetry > American
Nonfiction > Poetry > American > African American
Fiction > Literary
Nonfiction > History > Africa
Fiction > Cultural Heritage
Fiction > Contemporary Women
Fiction > Mystery & Detective
Nonfiction > Poetry

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