In-Store: Bisi Adjapon: Daughter in Exile w/ Rakesh Satyal


Fri Feb 03 2023 at 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm


Books Are Magic Montague | Brooklyn, NY

"Sensuous and intelligent, insightful and riveting...This is a must-read." —Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King
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  • A signing will follow the talk.
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The acclaimed author of The Teller of Secrets returns with a gut-wrenching, yet heartwarming story about a young Ghanaian woman’s struggle to make a life in the US, and the challenges she must overcome.

At twenty-one, life in Senegal couldn’t be better for Lola. An aspiring writer and university graduate, she has a great job, a vibrant social life, and a future filled with possibility. But fate disrupts her world when she falls for Armand, an American Marine stationed at the U.S. Embassy. Her mother, a high court judge in Ghana who endeavors to keep her anchored to home, disapproves of her choice. Against her mother’s wishes, Lola plans a future with Armand. They invest in a business with the hope of settling into a life of ease in America.

But nothing is as simple as it seems.

The young African graduate has no idea that her real journey is just beginning: she has traded her care-free life in Senegal for the perilous existence of an undocumented immigrant in America, a life featuring a darkly comic catalog of Dickensian characters, not to mention a fundamentalist church. Harrowing, eye-opening, and utterly unforgettable, Daughter in Exile is a story about motherhood, love and what defines us all.

Bisi Adjapon is the author of critically acclaimed novel The Teller of Secrets. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly, Washington Post, Ms Magazine, Aljazeera, New York Times and The Guardian. She has won the Foreign Service Award for Human Relations and an Excellence in Teaching Award. She divides her time between Ghana and America.

Rakesh Satyal is an Executive Editor at HarperVia/HarperCollins and the author of the novels Blue Boy and No One Can Pronounce My Name.


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