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Publisher's Summary

Masterful in its examination of freedom, prejudice, and personal and public inheritance, Sankofa is a story for anyone who has ever gone looking for a clear identity or home and found something more complex in its place.

Anna is at a stage of her life when she's beginning to wonder who she really is. She has separated from her husband, her daughter is all grown up, and her mother - the only parent who raised her - is dead.

Searching through her mother's belongings one day, Anna finds clues about the African father she never knew. His student diaries chronicle his involvement in radical politics in 1970s London. Anna discovers that he eventually became the president - some would say dictator - of a small nation in West Africa. And he is still alive....

When Anna decides to track her father down, a journey begins that is disarmingly moving, funny, and fascinating. Like the metaphorical bird that gives the novel its name, Sankofa expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present to address universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for a family's hidden roots.

©2021 Chibundu Onuzo (P)2021 Tantor

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Really addictive!

I heard about this book on "The View" last week. The description peaked my interest.

I'm SO glad I listened to this title. It really does take you on a great journey that brings together such well-developed characters and visual imagery.

Sara Powell's narration was s gift in itself. She brought the characters to life with so much passion and artistic precision. I hope Chibundu Onuzo's masterpiece is made into a film.

PLEASE get this audiobook. It does not disappoint.

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Not my favorite

I felt the narrator did a great job of telling the story. The story itself was very boring.

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Not Exciting

I finished just to see if it would get better. Slow to start & boring.

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well written

it was a very interesting read a little different from what I normally read so nice book to escape reality. which is what I like to do when reading

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What a book!!!!!

I loved and more loved this book!! The story was just amazing. I could relate to the story because I have never met my father!

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Beautiful story!

What a beautiful story of discovery and family and connection. The narration was absolutely incredible!!

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More than I expected

This story took twist and turns. More than I expected. I wonder if they're going to write a second part?

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Interesting story

Thought the story was interesting and loved the narrator. At least it was different from all the cookie cutter books that I have to wade through to find a decent story that’s non violent!

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The rational for all decisions

Our environment influences our confidence and presentation. This story was a great reminder that eternal forces have strong influence on the narrative of who a person or country. Do your own research with an open mind.

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Journey of Self Discovery and Identity

When I first started listening to this book, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But as I continued I found myself identifying with the main character. I too was 48 and had faced a divorced many years ago, but fully understood how that can impact how we see ourselves and where we thought our life was headed. As I listened to Anna’s journey to Western Africa, I felt like I was right there with her. Her experiences there and historical references sounded like the region, even though the country itself does not exist.

Sara Powell’s performance added to the experience as her voice changed octaves, tonalities, and accents when needed. It definitely added to the experience and helped me feel like I was a witness to Anna’s journey of self discovery and identity.

In short, I highly recommend this book.