Long after Fina has left Sierra Leone for America, memories of a broken initiation still haunt her. She longs to return, to find her grandmother and right the path that has been set for young girl’s centuries past.
Her journey from the streets of Freetown to Washington echo with the tensions, ambiguities, and fragmentation of the diaspora.
Fina's inner turmoil and feelings of 'otherness', persist as she travels further from home.
Ultimately, the broken path of her childhood brings Fina back to Sierra Leone, to a life she had never imagined for herself.
So the Path Does Not Die is a tender and gently observed novel exploring attitudes towards female circumcision, and a beautifully rendered novel, rom an exciting new voice in African literature.
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