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“Heather Agyepong‘s narration of an already beautiful novel took it to the highest level. She poured so much emotion and culture into every single word written by Jessica George that I couldn’t stop listening to it. Maddie was absolutely brought to life with this audiobook. ”Morgan,
“A moving and meaningful 'coming of age' debut, with a peek into Ghanaian culture and book publishing. Maddie is craving freedom and excitement but is unsure of how to achieve it, so she googles her questions! Told with wit and charm. Beautifully narrated by Heather Agyepong!”Melanie,
The Well-Read Moose
“By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, this is the story of 25-year-old Maddie who is just now setting out on her own. With a largely absent mother, she took on adult responsibilities at a young age and became her father’s primary caregiver when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Now she has moved into her own apartment and has begun to explore aspects of life that most other women discover in their teens or early twenties. Dating, sex, drinking, new clothes, nights out with friends are on her 'new Maddie' to-do list. As is to be expected, her new life brings highs and lows, and she struggles and learns and grows. This is an intimate and honest exploration of one woman’s life, and of the intersections of family, culture, friendship, and mental health.”Nancy,
Raven Book Store
“Maddie, a 25 year old daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, is living at home with her father in London. Her father has Parkinson’s and her mother mostly lives in Ghana, so she is left to manage her father’s care while trying to start an adult life. I enjoyed the complex relationship between Maddie and her mother and Maddie’s efforts to navigate the work world, as well as her first attempts at dating. I listened to this book and loved the narrator.”Amy,
A Great Good Place for Books
“In this very engaging and powerful story about family, duty, grief, cultural differences, racism, love and the power of friendship that still manages to be witty, we get to know quirky, introverted Maddie on her journey of finding her own way and becoming confident in who she is.”Anne,
“Maame is a sweet coming-of-age story that follows Maddie, the daughter of Ghanaian immigrants, as she navigates family obligations, dating, loss, and career challenges. Maddie is brave and fun, and I really want to be her friend. Since finishing the book, I’ve found myself wondering how Maddie is doing and wishing her the very best. Sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes funny, Maame was truly a joy.”Courtney,
A Today Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Pick
"The patchwork elements cooperate with one another both on the page and in the audiobook, thanks to Heather Agyepong’s elegant narration." —New York Times
"Maame is a deeply funny yet emotional novel that comes alive with narration. A great pick for the twenty-something trying to make their way in the world, this audiobook will have you laughing on your commute to work." —USA Today
"Sardonic, authentic, and a little bit sad, it moves along at a brisk pace. Compulsively listenable." —Vulture
Maame (ma-meh) has many meanings in Twi but in my case, it means woman.
It’s fair to say that Maddie’s life in London is far from rewarding. With a mother who spends most of her time in Ghana (yet still somehow manages to be overbearing), Maddie is the primary caretaker for her father, who suffers from advanced stage Parkinson’s. At work, her boss is a nightmare and Maddie is tired of always being the only Black person in every meeting.
When her mum returns from her latest trip to Ghana, Maddie leaps at the chance to get out of the family home and finally start living. A self-acknowledged late bloomer, she’s ready to experience some important “firsts”: She finds a flat share, says yes to after-work drinks, pushes for more recognition in her career, and throws herself into the bewildering world of internet dating. But it's not long before tragedy strikes, forcing Maddie to face the true nature of her unconventional family, and the perils—and rewards—of putting her life on the line.
Smart, funny, and deeply affecting, Jessica George's Maame deals with the themes of our time with humor and poignancy: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most important, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures―and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.
"Meeting Maame feels like falling in love for the first time: warm, awkward, joyous, a little bit heartbreaking and, most of all, unforgettable." —Xochitl Gonzalez, New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming
A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin’s Press.