She Would Be King (Large Print / Library Binding)

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A beautifully written, character driven exploration of the black experience- both in the Americas and in Africa - through slavery and the founding of Liberia. The book begins with the story of the three main characters, one each from Jamaica, Virginia and Africa. All three are amazing and haunting people that make the reader curious and vested. They end up in Liberia - a country of freed slaves - and the complexity of the black experience is revealed in thoughtful, powerful ways. At core, this is a book about the ravages of slavery. But it transcends boundaries as only great fiction can. Highly recommended. — Chris Morrow

An incredible debut novel blending history with magical realism to tell the story of Liberia's creation. With unforgettable characters and an even more unforgettable narrator, you will not be disappointed. "If she was not a woman... she would be king." — Cassidy Washburn

September 2018 Indie Next List


“It’s hard to describe a novel as wholly original as She Would Be King. A retelling of the birth of Liberia through interconnected stories, the novel combines history, magic, and myth in one engrossing story. Moore’s novel takes you from West Africa to the plantations of Virginia, from Jamaica to Liberia, weaving together the stories of three characters who yearn for power and true freedom. Guided by the ancient wind, all of Moore’s characters challenge and transcend the many faces of oppression, and the story’s profound culmination will leave you in awe. She Would Be Kingis the kind of novel that lingers with you for days. A must-read!”
— Morgan McComb, Raven Book Store, Lawrence, KS

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List


She Would Be King is a rich and enchanting tale, a strikingly original and perfectly executed blend of historical fiction and magical realism. Through an utterly unique narrative perspective, Wayétu Moore presents us with a far-reaching and multifaceted story revolving around the Atlantic slave trade and the formation of Liberia. Yet another excellent, boundary-pushing, bar-raising debut from Graywolf Press.”
— Sean Fitzgerald, Village Lights Bookstore, Madison, IN



Product Details
ISBN: 9781432862176
ISBN-10: 1432862170
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: March 27th, 2019
Pages: 637
Language: English
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