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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (46 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Schwartzman Narrator: Kevin Kenerly Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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This stunning novel - its power and prose evocative of such diverse writers as Faulkener, Ondaatje, Nabokov, and Coetzee - is about a young African's international odyssey of self-discovery. At its center is Kwasi Edward Michael Dankoh - Eddie Signwriter to his clients - a 20-year-old painter of murals and billboards in the city of Accra, Ghana, who is buffeted by forces beyond his control and understanding as he is swept up by the passions and machinations of others.

Struggling with a forbidden relationship, banished from school, held responsible for the death of a notable woman in the community, Eddie flees overland to Senegal and then, illegally, to France, determined to find a new life for himself among the immigrant communities of Paris. Following him across magnificently rendered African lands into precincts of Paris, where the city of light shows a darker aspect, Eddie Signwriter gives us a spellbinding tale of rootlessness and desire, of disgrace and redemption, of politics both personal and global, of art and love.

Empathic, wise, deeply humane, and luminously written, it is a novel of great importance and Adam Schwartzman a writer of great promise.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffschaffer | 11/7/2013

    " Shares an unusual perspective of a Ghanaian who emigrates illegally to France--covers both the African and European experiences. The motivation for some actions are fuzzy, can't help but noting that the author is a Western development financier, but some of the expatriate experience rings true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em_Dash512 | 4/21/2013

    " A little slow in the middle but a really lovely ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/17/2012

    " The book tells a story that is interesting, I guess. The author's highly stylized writing is intriguing, but ultimately confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenna | 2/9/2012

    " This is an eye opening view of life as an illegal immigrant. And it also features the story of a difficult boy, his interesting life in two African countries, and what became of him. A touching story, well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 2/9/2012

    " what a great and beautiful first novel. you can very well imagine yourself living in the french wetback life of an afican on the move and in europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 1/26/2012

    " I loved the African and European settings, and some of the language was really beautiful. But the book is a little hard to follow. Maybe it's just me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/11/2011

    " I selected this book because it is a contemporary novel set in West Africa and France, two places I know and love, and it is not overtly re the "usual suspects" of issues, but about Eddie, a singular person. It didn't disappoint. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Cosin | 7/25/2011

    " The author writes as much like a painter as a poet (this is his first novel), but I didn't enjoy reading the book very much even though the subject was interesting. A distance kept me from fully engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Southwick | 4/5/2011

    " Some parts I really enjoyed, especially those set in Paris, but I struggled to get past the sexism in others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuck | 11/8/2010

    " what a great and beautiful first novel. you can very well imagine yourself living in the french wetback life of an afican on the move and in europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/6/2010

    " I selected this book because it is a contemporary novel set in West Africa and France, two places I know and love, and it is not overtly re the "usual suspects" of issues, but about Eddie, a singular person. It didn't disappoint.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffschaffer | 7/11/2010

    " Shares an unusual perspective of a Ghanaian who emigrates illegally to France--covers both the African and European experiences. The motivation for some actions are fuzzy, can't help but noting that the author is a Western development financier, but some of the expatriate experience rings true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 6/26/2010

    " The author writes as much like a painter as a poet (this is his first novel), but I didn't enjoy reading the book very much even though the subject was interesting. A distance kept me from fully engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 6/16/2010

    " I loved the African and European settings, and some of the language was really beautiful. But the book is a little hard to follow. Maybe it's just me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenna | 5/24/2010

    " This is an eye opening view of life as an illegal immigrant. And it also features the story of a difficult boy, his interesting life in two African countries, and what became of him. A touching story, well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 4/14/2010

    " The book tells a story that is interesting, I guess. The author's highly stylized writing is intriguing, but ultimately confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/10/2009

    " Incredible, inventive coming of age story. In some ways it reminded me of Little Bee - very moving. "

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