The future looks bleak indeed for 16-year-old Gloria. Living in a poor area of Accra, she dreams of becoming a dressmaker, but after failing 13 out of 15 subjects on her final exams it seems unlikely to happen. Then a distant relative, Christine, offers to move Gloria to Kumasi to look after her son. In exchange, Christine will pay for Gloria to go to dressmaking school. In Kumasi everything seems possible, and life is grander than anything Gloria has ever experienced. But Kumasi is also full of temptations, like the popular boutique where the owner takes a fancy to Gloria and encourages her to buy clothes on credit. There’s also the smooth-talking Dr. Kusi, who gives Gloria rides in his red Passat and invites her to bring food to his apartment. Eventually betrayed by those around her, Gloria must reconcile her future, her family, and her desires.
About the Author
Adwoa Badoe was born and raised in Ghana, where she qualified and practiced as a doctor. Since moving to Canada she has published The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories (illustrated by Baba Wague´ Diakite´), Nana’s Cold Days (illustrated by Bushra Junaid), The Queen’s New Shoes and Crabs for Dinner , twelve other books for children in Africa, as well as a memoir (“Witness in Silk”) in the anthology My Wedding Dress: True-Life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle. She is an artist and popular speaker who performs her stories orally and with African dance.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a fascinating look at the people of Ghana, both their admirable qualities and their limitations.It is in the voice of Gloria, who has failed her exams and so can no longer go to school. Fortunately, a family friend arranges for her to become the live-in nanny/cook/housekeeper for a young female doctor in another city. There, she is treated very well and feels like a sister to the doctor. She meets friends and joins a band. A male doctor begins paying attention to her, but only when no one else is around. She is dazzled and believes him when he says he loves her and wants to marry her, but also goes along with keeping it secret because she is still so young. Naturally, she learns that he is only using her. She finds out the truth before she gets into any real trouble, but a good friend of hers is not so lucky.Told in spare writing, I felt apprehensive reading it knowing that Gloria, who was so innocent, was going to learn some very hard lessons.