Driver by Taiye Selasi: FREE SHORT STORY

  • by Taiye Selasi
  • Narrated by Taiye Selasi
  • 0 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Taiye Selasi's 'Driver' is a story about Webster, a young man with a new job and dreams of a better life in Ghana. With her distinctive voice, musical prose and rich characterisation, Selasi breathes life into Webster's longing for a life he does not - and a woman he should not - have.
About the Author
I had the pleasure of interviewing Taiye Selasi last month, as she recorded the audio edition of Driver for Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelist 4. She was in New York, and we were in London, but the force of her personality came through, even over on a 15-inch screen. She met Toni Morrison at a dinner party, where Morrison agreed to read Selasi's short story, The Sex Lives of African Girls. That story was later published in Granta. Selasi is an accomplished photographer and essayist, and her debut novel, Ghana Must Go, was released April 4th, to critical acclaim.

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What the Critics Say

Reviews for Ghana Must Go: "Selasi lingers with such acute emotional observation in each moment that it is hard not to be drawn in." (The Observer)
"Selasi lingers with such acute emotional observation in each moment that it is hard not to be drawn in." (The Observer)
"Ghana Must Go comes with a bagload of prepublication praise. For once, the brouhaha is well deserved. Ms. Selasi has an eye for the perfect detail: a baby's toenails 'like dewdrops', a woman sleeps 'like a cocoyam. A thing without senses... unplugged from the world.' As a writer she has a keen sense of the baggage of childhood pain and an unforgettable voice on the page. Miss out on Ghana Must Go and you will miss one of the best new novels of the season." (The Economist)
"Buoyant... a joy... Rapturous." (The Wall Street Journal)
"[Selasi] writes elegantly about the ways people grow apart - husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, parents and kids." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Powerful... A finely crafted yarn that seamlessly weaves the past and present, Selasi's moving debut expertly limns the way the bonds of family endure even when they are tested and strained." (Booklist)
"Gorgeous. Reminiscent of Jhumpa Lahiri but with even greater warmth and vibrancy, Selasi's novel, driven by her eloquent prose, tells the powerful story of a family discovering that what once held them together could make them whole again." (Publishers Weekly)
"Taiye Selasi is a young writer of staggering gifts and extraordinary sensitivity. Ghana Must Go seems to contain the entire world, and I shall never forget it." (Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love)
"Taiye Selasi is a totally new and near perfect voice that spans continents and social strata as effortlessly as the insertion of an ellipsis or a dash. With mesmerizing craftsmanship and massive imagination she takes the reader on an unforgettable journey across continents and most importantly deeply into the lives of the people whom she writes about. She de-'exoticizes' whole populations and demographics and brings them firmly into the readers view as complicated and complex human beings. Taiye Selasi's Ghana Must Go is a big novel, elemental, meditative, and mesmerizing; and when one adds the words 'first novel,' we speak about the beginning of an amazing career and a very promising life in letters." (Sapphire, author of The Kid and Push)
"Ghana Must Go is both a fast moving story of one family's fortunes and an ecstatic exploration of the inner lives of its members. With her perfectly-pitched prose and flawless technique, Selasi does more than merely renew our sense of the African novel: she renews our sense of the novel, period. An astonishing debut." (Teju Cole, author of Open City)

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a beautifully read & written story

I loved this and I'm going to seek out more of Selasi's work. this small 30min story about a young man in Ghana who becomes a 'Driver' for a wealthy family is really beautifully crafted and read by the author so she knows every nuance, quiet or uncomfortable moment and every accent , and so reads it the way it should be. yet as well as being so beautifully crafted, it shows us another side to an African country (Ghana) that we dont hear about. about the thoughts and despair of the privileged and the uncomfortable dedication of those desperate to keep their jobs serving them. how the 2 groups can't help but to cross over into each others lives , always creating this incredible tension.....what a marvelous new writer!! find out more about moments in Africa, caught by the pen. highly recommended, I'm going to look for her novels now, I think there are 1 or 2?
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- erin

Left wanting more

This was written so well that my imagination flowed with the words. The story ended and I was left wanting more.
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- Lexas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-04-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Ltd