Book Reviews – Rootless

Rootless by Krystle Zara Appiah

Efe and Sam are both of Ghanaian descent and meet in London in the 1990s. They remain friends, reconnect years later and marry. But the perfect love story has a glitch. Sam is working hard as a lawyer, his extended family live in London, he wants to stay in London and start a family. Efe has always said she doesn’t want children and she is an artist who is still close to her sister and parents back in Ghana. And so the story starts with the marriage breakdown and then we go right back in time and work our way forward to the marriage crisis. It’s a beautiful story that is told with much love and empathy, and gives us a glimpse of the difficulties of living in different cultures while trying to stay true to your roots.