Bisi Adjapon is the author of The Teller of Secrets, originally titled Of Women and Frogs, forthcoming from HarperCollins November 16 . Bisi has written for and been featured in many publications including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Washington Times, Washington Post, Aljazeera, and New York Times.
She founded and ran the Young Shakespeare company for four years in America, and , as an International Affairs Specialist for the US Foreign Service, she won the Civil Rights Award for Human Relations.
The acclaimed author of The Teller of Secrets returns with a gut-wrenching, yet heartwarming, story about a young Ghanaian woman’s struggle to make a life in the US, and the challenges she must overcome.
Lola is twenty-one, and her life in Senegal couldn’t be better. An aspiring writer and university graduate, she has a great job, a nice apartment, a vibrant social life, and a future filled with possibility. But fate disrupts her world when she falls for Armand, an American Marine stationed at the U.S. Embassy. Her mother, a high court judge in Ghana, disapproves of her choice, but nothing will stop Lola from boarding a plane for Armand and America.
That fateful flight is only the beginning of an extraordinary journey; she has traded her carefree existence in Senegal for the perilous position of an undocumented immigrant in 1990s America.
Lola encounters adversity that would crush a less-determined woman. Her fate hangs on whether or not she’ll grow in courage to forge a different life from one she’d imagined, whether she’ll succeed in putting herself and family together again. Daughter in Exile is a hope-filled story about mother love, resilience, and unyielding strength.