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Black Volta

by Pete KJ

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on Black Volta

This expansive, engaging pancontinental novel explores patriarchy, race and power against a dazzlingly evoked Ghanaian backdrop.

The cross-crossing lives of two characters provide the focus of the story, with Ghana looming large as a vividly-evoked character in its own right. Fifty-something Carlos is a privileged Puerto Rican businessman who returns to Ghana to face his crimes of youth, a murderous misdemeanor that’s haunted his whole life. Liz is a Ghanaian native working in the US, from where she’s been supporting her family and building an orphanage. She returns to her homeland to oversee the construction, and finds herself also having to deal with her family’s complex needs. Both drawn back to Ghana, Liz and Carlos find their lives once again transformed by the country that transformed them so many years before, and by encountering each other.

Evocative and smartly-plotted, this fine novel is as driven by its compelling characters as it is by the omnipresence of Ghana’s rich culture.

Joanne Owen, A LoveReading Ambassador

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Black Volta Synopsis

A murderer returns to Africa, seeking atonement for killing an innocent. Now that Carlos has emptied out his life, his past torments him. He can’t go forward until he goes back—to Ghana—to own up to crimes he committed as a young man.

A woman escapes poverty in Africa, but is trapped in a life supporting those she left behind. Liz left Ghana and is now a career woman in the USA. Freed from the daily oppression of scarcity, she remains under the power of her hoarding mother and needy siblings.

Their lives cross… and each are drawn back to the Black Volta River, to relive harrowing events that transformed them. The River knows their secrets. But can it transform their lives again?

Deeply embroidered, utterly believable, the rich tapestry of Ghana—and its startling evolution over three decades—serve as the backdrop for this powerful story about race, love, patriarchy, and personal identity.

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ISBN: 9781541102620
Publication date: 17/10/2019
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781541102620
Publication date: 17th October 2019
Author: Pete KJ
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Format: Paperback
Genres: Indie Books We Love, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
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