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:Historical
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

  • Sarah Benson
    Oct 04, 2018
    Disjointed and didn't hold my interest. This book sounded great, and I loved the first section, but then it started jumping to other storylines. Even when the plotlines started to intersect, I was slightly confused and not very invested in the characters. Disappointing. ...
  • 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 ? ...
  • Beverly
    Sep 29, 2018
    This was a 3.5 read for me. Thoughts coming shortly ...
  • Jayme
    Sep 27, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. It was a little confusing in that it takes a while for the different stories to intertwine, but the result is satisfying. Definitely recommend if you enjoy a kind of meandering narrative. ...
  • 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...
  • Carolyn
    Oct 03, 2018
    Not really sure how to rate this book. Like many reviewers, I would say probably a 3.5. I appreciated Moore's attempt to address the critical issues surrounding the founding of Liberia. I particularly loved Gbessa and would have probably preferred a whole book dedicated to her story, t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Melissa
    Sep 21, 2018
    Wow. ...
  • KC
    Oct 03, 2018
    The story of three individuals from around the globe all having to face the unspeakable find themselves gathered together all striving for the freedom they and all humans deserve. She Would Be King explores the liberation of Liberia, it's relationship to Europe, Jamaica and the United ...
  • 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 ...
  • Neelam Babul
    Oct 09, 2018
    This was a magical retelling of the real situation in Liberia. It is incredibly original, unique and poetically written. It was so gripping to read about Gbessa, Norman and Moses, the three individuals gifted with powers that will free Liberia from external invasion and help their home...
  • 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...
  • Chris Roberts
    Aug 01, 2018
    They Bury the Faraway Children Ride red highway, child laying in the backseat, breathe, not breathe - shallow turn onto overgrown path, ground rock-hard, dig, dig - shallow, ride red highway. Chris Roberts, God Suddenly ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Megan Bell
    Jun 21, 2018
    A cursed witch from the Vai tribe who cannot die, a slave from Virginia with the strength of a hundred men, a half-white Maroon from Jamaica who can disappear at will, these three surprising characters find their way to each other and to a newborn Liberia to fight for liberty in this m...
  • 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. ...
  • Kelly Hager
    Oct 19, 2018
    Wonderful! Thought-provoking and a page-turner. I can't recommend it highly enough. ...
  • Meike
    Nov 18, 2018
    Last indiespensable group read of the year - let's do this!! (And then on to more ToB, The Bone People and Under the Volcano! :-)) ...
  • 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...
  • Paperback Paris
    Sep 02, 2018
    ?The review below was authored by Paperback Paris Contributor, Madison Troyer. Read more. Responsibility is a tough row to hoe. Thinking deeply about one?s life, often leads to lots of questions about responsibility: How responsible am I for the person I am? How much of that res...
  • 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...
  • Mike A.
    Nov 14, 2018
    She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore is an astonishing book. Ms. Moore's prose is lovely and above reproach, and her ability to tell a meaningful story that hooks is off the charts, and -- and I love her honesty. In the introduction she mentions not knowing where this was going until afte...