She Would Be King: A Novel

Written by:
Wayétu Moore
Narrated by:
Wayétu Moore

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
13
Narrator
6
Release Date
September 2018
Duration
10 hours 0 minutes
Summary
Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association Book Club Central Official Selection
A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history―a dazzling retelling of Liberia’s formation
Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.
Moore’s intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. “If she was not a woman,” the wind says of Gbessa, “she would be king.” In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.
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Marguerite V.

Well done. I like the story and the narration was really really good. I wish it wasn't over.

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Anonymous

Beautiful story. My favorite part was getting to know all the characters. After reading, I wished it didn’t end.

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Jacquelyn B.

This story and particularly the narration was spellbinding.

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