Graceland (Today Show Pick January 2005)
by Chris Abani
Publication Date: Jan 26, 2005
List Price: $17.00
Format: Paperback, 321 pages
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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"A richly detailed, poignant, and utterly fascinating look into another culture and how it is cross-pollinated by our own. It brings to mind the work of Ha Jin in its power and revelation of the new."—T. Coraghessan BoyleThe 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. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, this is 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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