What happens to sheltered, horny Lila Adjei when her mother sends her packing on an indefinite "vacation" to her unfamiliar homeland, Ghana?
Suddenly thrust into the Third World nation's alien reality of water shortages, petty corruption, and intense religious faith, Lila turns her shell shock into an adventure of cultural, spiritual and self discovery. But when her mother finally allows her to return to England, it becomes clear that her globe-spanning quest to find herself has only just begun.
Inspired by a true story, Powder Necklace explores what happens when cultures, generations, and powerful personalities collide in one family. Like Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Edwidge Danticat's Breath, Eyes, Memory and Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake it mingles laughter with bitterness, community with loneliness, desperate preservation of culture with the rebellious ache to assimilate in a fresh, sharp, and powerful new voice.
Powder Necklace by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond