GraceLand

Product Number: EB00102474
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781429929820
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Description

Graceland is a dazzling debut by a singular new talent The 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. Broke, beset by floods, and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no job opportunities in sight, Elvis is tempted by a life of crime. Thus begins his odyssey into the dangerous underworld of Lagos, guided by his friend Redemption and accompanied by a restless hybrid of voices including The King of Beggars, Sunday, Innocent and Comfort. Ultimately, young Elvis, drenched in reggae and jazz, and besotted with American film heroes and images, must find his way to a GraceLand of his own. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, Abani has created a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign supreme. "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 Boyle

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Author(s): Chris Abani
Original Publish Date: Jan 26, 2005

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CD
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Author(s): Chris Abani
Narrator(s): Chris Abani
Product Number CF095
Released: Nov 04, 2004
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419303012
eAudio
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Author(s): Chris Abani
Narrator(s): Chris Abani
Product Number Z0667
Released: Mar 28, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781449889791

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