There is a name I have come across several times in the past couple of weeks. Taiye Selasi. She first caught my attention when I caught a glimpse of her on Melissa Harris Perry’s show. She started talking about how she had to breakup with her ex-boyfriend because the relationship was actually hindering her ability to finish her novel. She had fallen “absolutely in love with absolutely the wrong person.” I was like, Taiye! You should read my book! It’s not published yet or even written—but you’re my target audience! The segment ended and I turned back to whatever I was doing.
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/46979745/vp/51114570#51114570 <– MHP interview
A couple of days later, I was looking at my blog stats and discovered someone had landed on illegalwriting by googling “Taiye Selasi NPR.” I was like, what? It turns out Ebony had already told me I need to know about this girl, and I had blogged about it (and forgot about it!) Sad, but true. Finally last weekend, I found myself reading about her in Vogue. At that point, I was like—who is this woman, and how did she find such a great publicist?
My friends, Taiye Selasi is a Yale grad and author of the book “Ghana Must Go.” I’m thinking part of the reason her first novel is getting SO much attention is that she’s buddies with Toni Morrison, who endorsed her writing. I’m sure I’ll end up purchasing this book at some point, but I honestly have mixed feelings about the endorsement. On the one hand, it’s Toni Morrison. We can all probably be confident that Taiye is a brilliant writer, and I’m sure the connection helped get her book published in 15 COUNTRIES. On the other hand, Toni Morrison, it is my belief, writes to be studied. I think even more so than to be enjoyed. So it makes me wonder—what kind of book is Taiye’s? I’d like to know because honestly, I’m trying to relax when I read novels—not work!
It turns out I could have asked Taiye myself last Friday at her book signing here in D.C. If only I had decided to look into this a few days earlier!! New York peeps, she’s coming your way next week (details here). If you’ve read “Ghana Must Go” please let me know how it is. Holllerr.