What Napoleon Could Not Do What Napoleon Could Not Do

What Napoleon Could Not Do

A Novel

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Publisher Description

One of the Books Barack Obama Is Reading This Summer
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One of the most anticipated books by Town & Country and Elle

America is seen through the eyes and ambitions of three characters with ties to Africa in this gripping novel


When siblings Jacob and Belinda Nti were growing up in Ghana, their goal was simple: to move to America. For them, the United States was both an opportunity and a struggle, a goal and an obstacle.
 
Jacob, an awkward computer programmer who still lives with his father, wants a visa so he can move to Virginia to live with his wife—a request that the U.S. government has repeatedly denied. He envies his sister, Belinda, who achieved, as their father put it, “what Napoleon could not do”: she went to college and law school in the United States and even managed to marry Wilder, a wealthy Black businessman from Texas. Wilder’s view of America differs markedly from his wife’s, as he’s spent his life railing against the racism and marginalization that are part of life for every African American living here.
 
For these three, their desires and ambitions highlight the promise and the disappointment that life in a new country offers. How each character comes to understand this and how each learns from both their dashed hopes and their fulfilled dreams lie at the heart of what makes What Napoleon Could Not Do such a compelling, insightful read.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2023
February 7
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
6.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Ace Rah T ,

Everywhere else is paradise

We see beautiful tropical, mountain, prairie, city, seaside locations where we don’t live and we think, paradise. Paradise is always the other place, not where we live. Jacob and Belinda’s view of America could cause one to ask if there’s something of value Americans, especially African Americans, are overlooking.

The development of the Wilder character was BRILLIANT! To bring us through Wilder’s childhood, education, service in Viet Nam, finding love and remaining, Mexia, etc, fully brought Wilder into reality. A Black American of that generation for sure.

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