241pp., paperback, London, 2019
A novel about a girl who grows up in Germany where her Ghanaian parents are living in exile. Her return to Ghana as a young woman confronts her with painful truths about her family and her country.
"From gender politics to life as a young black immigrant in Europe, the central themes are invigorated through rich characterisation and detail. A lyrical prose style swoops the reader into its fold from the outset. Brightly detailed. Vibrant in its themes, prose and characterisation." Irish Times
"Pioneering and admirable. Ayim is adept at capturing the anxiety of a preteen whose desire to fit in is exacerbated by being black in a world where blackness and Africa are not valued. Books such as The God Child have the potential to... bring new ways of seeing." The Guardian
"Meditative, gestural, philosophic: a brave reinvention of the immigrant narrative." Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go
Nana Oforiatta Ayim is a Ghanaian writer, art historian and filmmaker. She is founder of the ANO Institute of Arts & Knowledge, through which she has pioneered a pan-African Cultural Encyclopaedia. Recently appointed a TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow to Oxford University, she is the recipient of the 2015 Art & Technology Award from LACMA; of the 2016 AIR Award; and of the inaugural 2018 Soros Arts Fellowship. The God Child is her first novel.