Fugee by Hawa Jande Golakai

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you’ll know how I love to pontificate. Yesterday, I found a short memoir so powerful that all I have to say about it are two words: read it.

It opens:

There’s a saying that goes, ‘You can’t go home again’. It offers no direction on where you’re supposed to go.

The rest of it is at Granta.

If you’re still here instead of off with that link, I guess you want a bit more information. Full disclosure: Hawa Jande Golakai is a friend of mine. We met years ago at a mutual friend’s house party. If I had to sum her up in two words, the words I’d choose would be ‘honesty’ and ‘humour’. Read her article and you’ll see what I mean. Not many people could apply both to being arrested by immigration officials who don’t know the difference between Liberia and Nigeria, let alone to being caught in the middle of the Liberian Ebola outbreak. Hawa can and does.

If you appreciate her writing, you may appreciate her two crime novels, The Lazarus Effect and The Score. They’re only available as hardcopy in South Africa at the moment, though I gather they’re due to escape on to the world scene in the near future, but that’s the joy of ebooks. You can click through to your favourite online store from the Goodreads links.

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