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A Place in the World

Kwame and Abena had lived in southern Ghana for more than a year. Their stay was to be no longer than six months initially, but it soon became evident that Kofi’s adoption process would be everything but timely. No news at all was preferred to visits by the local adoption lawyer. The missionaries don’t think he’s ready. Wait. The birth certificate needs to be authorized. Please be patient. The problem is that you’re not Ghanaian nationals.
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A Place in the World

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Set in Ghana, Baltimore, and rural Georgia, this stunning debut novel unfolds as a tragic tale of love and family life. Kwame is a brilliant, nationalistic university professor, and Abena (Evelyn), a smart, dedicated elementary school teacher. The couple leaves the U.S. and lives near Accra for a year to adopt Kofi, a little boy who becomes the center of their life back home. But after divorcing, Kwame marries Layla, his passionate grad student with a shocking secret, and a reborn Evelyn enters interracial marriage to Brian. Caught between his parents’ conflicts, a teenage Kofi strives to find himself while battling the dangerous voices in his mind.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9831151-6-8
Binding 1: hardcover on sale in our online store
Pages: 144
Publication date: June 2011

Price: US $25.00

ISBN-13: 978-0-9831151-7-5
Binding 2: paperback on sale in our online store
Pages: 144.
Publication date: June 2011

Price: US $18.00
Imprint: Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers

BISAC subjects: FICTION / Literary; FICTION / Family Life; FICTION / Psychological; FICTION / African American / General

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Malcolm Frierson is a doctoral candidate in African American History at the University of Memphis, researching the politics of culture in the African American experience. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he has taught at public schools in Houston and Miami. A Place in the World is his literary fiction debut. His forthcoming works include a nonfiction comparison of Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby in the civil rights era, and an urban romance novel.

For more information, visit www.malcolmfrierson.com.



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"…shocking, yet real lines in the story. Although fiction, the story doesn’t sugarcoat real life and how we in African, African American, and Caribbean cultures relate to each other. I appreciated the interaction between the characters."

Janette Brin, Editor at Caribbean POSH Magazine




"...enjoyed every bit of it—the pace, the depth, the unfolding tensions, and the way you explored the issues of race and diaspora. This was great storytelling..."

Daniel Musiitwa, Editor of Africa Book Club





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