Sankofa

A Novel

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Publisher Description

A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK | AN AMAZON BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

“A beautiful exploration of the often complex parameters of freedom, prejudice, and individual sense of self. Chibundu Onuzo has written a captivating story about a mixed-race British woman who goes in search of the West African father she never knew . . . [A] beautiful book about a woman brave enough to discover her true identity.” —Reese Witherspoon

“Onuzo’s sneakily breezy, highly entertaining novel leaves the reader rethinking familiar narratives of colonization, inheritance and liberation.” The New York Times Book Review

Named a Best Book of the Month by Entertainment Weekly, Harper's Bazaar, and Time • Named a Most Anticipated Book of the Month by Goodreads, PopSugar, PureWow, LitHub, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Buzzfeed

A woman wondering who she really is goes in search of a father she never knew—only to find something far more complicated than she ever expected—in this stirring narrative about family, our capacity to change and the need to belong (Time).


Anna is at a stage of her life when she's beginning to wonder who she really is. In her 40s, she has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up, and her mother—the only parent who raised her—is dead.

Searching through her mother's belongings one day, Anna finds clues about the African father she never knew. His student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. Anna discovers that he eventually became the president—some would say dictator—of a small nation in West Africa. And he is still alive...

When Anna decides to track her father down, a journey begins that is disarmingly moving, funny, and fascinating. Like the metaphorical bird that gives the novel its name, Sankofa expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present to address universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for a family's hidden roots.
 
Examining freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, Sankofa is a story for anyone who has ever gone looking for a clear identity or home, and found something more complex in its place.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2021
October 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
Catapult
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Sunsets1990 ,

Hard to put this book down!

I read this book in a day (in about 6 hours) because I couldn’t put it down! The characters are compelling, the story has so many interesting and surprising twists and turns, and the writing is so captivating. You feel like you’re in the protagonist’s head. If you’re not sure whether or not to read this book, then I’d recommend reading it! It’s an original story that is funny, sad, suspenseful, and delightful. I can’t wait to read more novels by Onuzo! She’s brilliant!

LeeAnn's Ipad ,

Story

This is a beautiful story! Loved it so much!

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