The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah
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The era is an interesting choice for a novel, and while the dialogue can veer into cliche, it is heartening to see a broader set of themes and periods tackled by this new generation of African writers.
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Based on true events, a story of courage, forgiveness, love, and freedom in pre-colonial Ghana, told through the eyes of two women born to vastly different fates.

Aminah lives an idyllic life until she is brutally separated from her home and forced on a journey that turns her from a daydreamer into a resilient woman. Wurche, the willful daughter of a chief, is desperate to play an important role in her father's court. These two women's lives converge as infighting among Wurche's people threatens the region, during the height of the slave trade at the end of the nineteenth century.

Through the experiences of Aminah and Wurche, The Hundred Wells of Salaga offers a remarkable view of slavery and how the scramble for Africa affected the lives of everyday people.
 

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Published February 5, 2019 by Other Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Nadifa Mohamed on May 10 2018

The era is an interesting choice for a novel, and while the dialogue can veer into cliche, it is heartening to see a broader set of themes and periods tackled by this new generation of African writers.

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