: Attah (A.)

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231pp., paperback, London, 2018


A novel set in pre-colonial Ghana at the height of the slave trade at the end of the 19th century.

"A powerful and moving novel that intricately explores the Salaga slave market as it hurtles toward its final days, seen through the eyes of two women whose opposite circumstances converge. Attah's gift is her staggering ability to depict the personal within the past, to show us a moment in Ghana's history from those who lived it, making for an urgent, poignant experience." Gabe Habash, author of Stephen Florida

"An instant modern classic. Gave me the same feeling as when I finished reading Things Fall Apart; like something deep within me had shifted, and would never be the same again." JJ Bola, author of No Place to Call Home

Ayesha grew up in Accra and was educated at Mount Holyoke College, Columbia University, and NYU. She is the author of the novels Harmattan Rain, Saturday’s Shadows  Ayesha is a 2014 Africa Centre Artists in Residency Award Laureate and Instituto Sacatar Fellow and was awarded the 2016 Miles Morland Foundation Scholarship for non-fiction. She lives in Senegal.