In this dazzling debut by a singular new talent, the sprawling, swampy, cacophonous city of Lagos, Nigeria, provides the backdrop to the story of Elvis, a teenage Elvis impersonator hoping to make his way out of the ghetto. Broke, beset by floods, and beatings by his alcoholic father, and with no job opportunities in sight, Elvis is tempted by a life of crime. Thus begins his odyssey into the dangerous underworld of Lagos, guided by his friend Redemption and accompanied by a restless hybrid of voices including The King of Beggars, Sunday, Innocent and Comfort. Ultimately, young Elvis, drenched in reggae and jazz, and besotted with American film heroes and images, must find his way to a GraceLand of his own. Nuanced, lyrical, and pitch perfect, Abani has created a remarkable story of a son and his father, and an examination of postcolonial Nigeria where the trappings of American culture reign supreme.
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It's hard to be a man, Elvis Oké's father tells him. The measure of a man used to be his good name, and he has to be prepared to defend that name - his honour - against anything, from outside or ... Read full review
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Elvis is a boy growing up in Nigeria in the 80's during a turbulent political period and he is grappling with coming of age, figuring out who he is and who to trust, realizing the truth of his family ... Read full review
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‘Today Book Club’ selection: ‘Graceland’ - TODAY: Books - MSNBC.com
Chris Abani's "Graceland" tells the story of a teenage Elvis impersonator trying to get out of the ghettos of Nigeria. Read an excerpt.
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