: Amuah (M-C.)

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307pp., paperback, London, 2022


Debut novel by Marie-Claire Amuah, set in London and Ghana, about an ambitious young woman confronting career challenges and intergenerational trauma.

"A triumphant ode to resilience, friendship and love. Marie-Claire's writing sparkles, reminiscent of Adichie's Purple Hibiscus." Bisi Adjapon, author of The Teller of Secrets

"Bittersweet … [Amuah's] interrogation of trauma is powerful and this is neatly balanced with accounts of the friends' get-togethers … a heartfelt debut." Observer

Marie-Claire Amuah is a British Ghanaian barrister specialising in white-collar crime and a trustee of Black Cultural Archives, a national heritage charity dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. She received the John C Laurence award from the Society of Authors to support the writing of One for Sorrow, Two for Joy. She was born, raised and currently lives in South London.