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She Would Be King

(2018)
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A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history - a dazzling retelling of Liberia's formation

Wayetu Moore's powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia's early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them.

Moore's intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. "If she was not a woman", the wind says of Gbessa, "she would be king." In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"This astonishing first novel boldly announces the arrival of a remarkable novelist and storyteller." - Edwidge Danticat


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May 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: She Would Be King
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
ISBN: 1-911590-11-1 / 978-1-911590-11-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: One
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March 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: She Would Be King (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic Series)
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
ISBN: 1-4328-6217-0 / 978-1-4328-6217-6 (USA edition)
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September 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: She Would Be King
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
ISBN: 1-55597-817-7 / 978-1-55597-817-4 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : UK Paperback

Title: She Would Be King
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
ISBN: 1-911590-13-8 / 978-1-911590-13-2 (UK edition)
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September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: She Would Be King: A Novel
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
ISBN: 1-64445-001-1 / 978-1-64445-001-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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September 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: She Would Be King
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
ISBN: 1-978621-67-1 / 978-1-978621-67-1
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: She Would Be King
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
ISBN: 1-978621-68-X / 978-1-978621-68-8
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: She Would Be King: A Novel
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
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September 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: She Would Be King: A Novel
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: She Would Be King: A Novel
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: She Would Be King: A Novel
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: She Would Be King
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
Publisher: ONE
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September 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: She Would Be King: A Novel
Author(s): Wayetu Moore
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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