Maame (Large Print / Library Binding)

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"A beautiful coming of age story about grief, ambition, and what it means to be loved, Maame tells the story of 25-year-old Maddie who has been the sole caretaker for her father who has Parkinson’s disease while her mother is in Ghana. But when her mom returns, she is able to move out and begin her own life, that is until tragedy strikes and she must learn to balance her family and traditions with the life she wishes to have.  Jessica George’s writing is poignantly specific and flows like a stream of consciousness; I really love the way it incorporates Maddie’s text messages and google searches along with her subconscious in the narration."

— Will

February 2023 Indie Next List

Maame is a deeply moving story about growing up, moving on, grief, and tradition. Jessica George has created a deeply funny and tragic protagonist, and perfectly conveys the challenges of a twenty-five-year-old navigating modern life.”
— Kyle Churman, Werner Books, Erie, PA



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 heart 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.


About the Author

Jessica George was born and raised in London to Ghanaian parents and studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield. After working at a literary agency and a theatre, she landed a job in the editorial department of Bloomsbury UK. Maame is her first novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9798885786720
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: February 28th, 2023
Language: English