A unique and epic novel describing the African Diasporic immigrant experience conveyed through the protagonist’s immersion in American college life, which leads to his alienation from home. Kwakye covers substantial bredth of narrative, reminiscent of Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (Vintage, 2009) – from the transformation from youth to recollections of memories of his birthplace, Ghana, which fade as years pass – only to be disturbed by the passing of his uncle in a coup d’etat.
Benjamin Kwakye (born 7 January 1967) is a Ghanaian novelist. His first novel, The Clothes of Nakedness, won the 1999 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, best first book, Africa, and has been adapted for radio as a BBC Play of the Week. His novel The Sun by Night won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book Africa. His novel The Other Crucifix won the 2011 IPPY award.