She Would Be King

She Would Be King

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 A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history?a dazzling retelling of Liberia?s formation. ...

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Title:She Would Be King
Author:Wayetu Moore
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:She Would Be King
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:312 pages pages

She Would Be King Reviews

  • Susan Henderson
    Mar 14, 2018
    This magical retelling of Liberia?s beginning is so original, so bold and poetic, Wayétu Moore is destined for comparisons to Yann Martel, Markus Zusak, and Paulo Coelho. Her unforgettable heroine, Gbessa, leads those who?ve been stripped of their homes and their language to rise ...
  • Tasha
    Nov 11, 2018
    I feel so bad for not liking this book. It has so many positive reviews and I just could not get into it at all. It was more of a 2.5 star read than 3 ? ...
  • Naori
    Jan 05, 2019
    If the spirits lifted me from my body tonight and this was the last book I ever read I would dance with laughter and joy. I will never forget this feeling because it is so incredibly rare. I remember the wonder when I finished the last page of the first Octavia Butler book I ever read ...
  • Beverly
    Sep 29, 2018
    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Dec 10, 2018
    I found the story very uneven and some characters added solely for interest and not for the story. The first part was stronger with some good character-development, but the second part failed to use those characters to their potential. While centered around an interesting part of histo...
  • David
    Dec 02, 2018
    "Norman took off his shoes and placed his feet in the water, stiffening from its rigidity." If this sentence appeals to you - grammatically and atmospherically - then you may enjoy this book. "...mostly he just sat on a rock near some cultivated land farthest from the cluster of ...
  • Linda Robinson
    Oct 04, 2018
    Compelling storytelling with such power, the scenes leap off the page into your senses. More later when I start breathing normally again... Analyzing data from the space exploration vehicles we've been lucky to have working in the cosmos, scientists find new planets. Exomoons. Readi...
  • Bethany
    Aug 23, 2018
    She Would Be King has a deeply mystical quality, punctuated by visceral episodes of brutality as it weaves a tale of oppression, magic, and freedom that spans an ocean. Part history, part magical realism, this book brings together an African witch cast out by her village, an American s...
  • Trudie
    Nov 28, 2018
    *3.5* This a tough review to write because my feelings on this book are so mixed. On one hand I learned a terrific amount about the foundation story of Liberia. A story that has been rarely explored in fiction. I thought it was interesting that a recent NYT article aligned Moore...
  • Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
    Sep 25, 2018
    No words. Incredible. Review to come. ...
  • Dawn
    Sep 24, 2018
    I want to write something brilliant to describe my time with this book. I want to reach in my mind and find the precise words to express the feelings this book made me feel. Alas, I am left wanting. Suffice it to say, "She Would Be King" is one of the best books I've read this year. Th...
  • Marchpane
    Nov 30, 2018
    Magical realism meets Marvel action movie to create a mythic fable of nationhood. Wayétu Moore?s debut, She Would Be King, infuses the historical founding of Liberia with tales of spirits, wanderers and strange happenings. In true superhero style, each of the key figures has a t...
  • Megan C.
    Nov 21, 2018
    Absolutely loved this book - check out my IG account @whatmeganreads for my full review. I think this would make an AMAZING book club book - there is so much to discuss and I think you'll be surprised at how much you have learned by the end. ...
  • Jan
    Nov 06, 2018
    Beautifully written blend of West African and Western story telling in this novel of Liberia?s founding. Definitely an author to keep an eye on. ...
  • BookOfCinz
    Oct 13, 2018
    Imagine Homegoing ON CRACK! I am not sure why there isn't a bigger hype surrounding Wayetu Moore's debut novel She Would Be King because it is absolutely enthralling. While I don't like comparing books, for some reason this book reminded me of how I felt reading Homegoing by ...
  • Lekeisha The Booknerd
    Sep 23, 2018
    I have no doubts that She Would Be King will be loved by many. And, on that note, if you are a fan of Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing - or any literary masterpiece of the like - then this book should be on your TBR. Liberia's history told in magical locution. It doesn't get any better than t...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Jan 25, 2019
    Now this is storytelling! Moore utilises a fascinating literary arsenal: magical realism, African mythology and folklore, historical research and slavery revenge fantasies and unleashes them to full effect. Think Homegoing meets Pachinko with strong Black Panther overtones. Damn this w...
  • Dominique
    Jul 26, 2018
    "I'n mean to hurt you. I thought you mean to hurt me..." This is such a beautiful, magical read. I found myself completely engulfed in the retelling of the beginning of Liberia and felt so connected to my family, ancestors, and history in a way that simply took my breath away. This ...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 07, 2019
    Review to come ...
  • Darkowaa
    Sep 10, 2018
    !!! full review - https://africanbookaddict.com/2018/09... 3.5 stars rounded up. I?d love to know what Liberians and Liberian-Americans think of this novel, as they would probably better understand the nuances of the story. I can confidently say I will read anything by Wayétu Mo...
  • Katie Long
    Dec 02, 2018
    Sigh. I really thought I would love this one. There are some brilliant elements and the story is a fascinating one, however it just never quite comes together convincingly. The pacing is very strange as well. At times, it feels so rushed that the characters aren?t developed and at ot...
  • Hanna
    Aug 13, 2018
    Wow. Just, wow. What a powerful and magical read. A retelling of the creation of Liberia featuring 3 heartbreaking and mystical characters; Gbessa who has the gift (or curse) of immortality, June Dey who has super strength and is bulletproof (similar to Luke Cage, but during slavery. P...
  • Will
    Sep 28, 2018
    3.5, rounded up. ...
  • Meike
    Nov 18, 2018
    When a beautiful special edition of Moore's debut was delivered to me as part of Powell's Indiespensable collection, I was stoked: Finally a novel about the foundation of Liberia, a fascinating country I had learnt about when I was part of an (American) Model UN team representing Liber...
  • Nicky
    Nov 27, 2018
    3.5* rounded down Possible thoughts to follow ...
  • Jite
    Sep 25, 2018
    Loved it! This debut novel by Wayétu Moore is not at all in what I would call my preferred genre. I?m not particularly into fantasy or adventure or historical fiction. That said when Amazon recommended this to me when it was released, something about it grabbed my attention and I...
  • Miriam
    Oct 30, 2018
    Incredible. Beautifully written, compelling and magical tale. ...
  • Irene (Read.Rewind)
    Oct 29, 2018
    4.5 ...
  • Charlotte (charandbooks)
    Oct 15, 2018
    Gbessa, a Vai girl, is said to be cursed because she was born on a day when a fellow tribe member suspected of witchcraft died and is thus exiled from her tribe but survives against all odds. Charlotte, a Virginia slave, dies while trying to protect a fellow slave that has lost both wi...
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
    Nov 21, 2018
    This beautiful novel dazzles and makes you want to lock yourself away and only read. Ms. Moore illuminates what it means to be of and from places that are both faraway and inescapably familiar. She took me away from the chaos of our world and it was hard to leave her's. A Book Club Cen...