We are delighted to have selected Manu Herbstein’s Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade for the first review of FictionThatMatters.org.
Published by Picador Africa in 2005, Ama won Herbstein the Commonwealth Prize for best first novel.
Ama depicts the story of a young woman from a northern tribe of present-day Ghana who is taken into the slave trade of the Asante kingdom.
The novel will receive our first review for a number of reasons. First, it deals directly with one of the greatest human rights violations in human history. Second, Ama has escaped serious critical review in the United States. Third, though less relevant, the author lives in the region that he writes about, offering some measure of authenticity.
Check back for the review in the next few weeks.