Synopses & Reviews
Eddie Signwriter, a twenty-year-old painter of murals and billboards in Ghana, Africa, is buffeted by forces beyond his control and understanding. Fleeing to Paris, he is swept up in an international odyssey of self-discovery.
This stunning and powerful novel is about a young African's international odyssey of self-discovery. Kwasi Edward Michael Dankoh--Eddie Signwriter to his clients--is a twenty-year-old painter of murals and billboards in the city of Accra, Ghana, buffeted by forces beyond his control. Struggling with a forbidden relationship, banished from school, and held responsible for the death of a notable woman in the community, Eddie flees overland to Senegal and then, illegally, to France, determined to find a new life for himself among the immigrant communities of Paris. Following him across magnificently rendered African lands into precincts of Paris, where the city of light shows a darker aspect, Adam Schwartzman gives us a spellbinding tale of rootlessness and desire, of disgrace and redemption, of politics both personal and global, of art and of love.