Through the fourteen lovely and largely humorous stories in this book, you will find Ama Ata Aidoo at her wittiest and lively best. Trust me!
If you’ve read “No Sweetness Here” and enjoyed it, then you’d love this collection as well. Maybe even more.
The stories in here are refreshingly thought-provoking, humorous (you just can’t miss the humor in them) and largely relevant to womanhood to this day. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of them especially Payments, She-Who-Would-Be-King, Heavy Moments, About The Wedding Feast and Newly-Opened Doors. Some of the stories will leave you smiling or cackling while some occurrences in others will leave you just shaking your head in disbelief.
Some themes explored in the book are: hair, politics, Afrofuturism, challenges faced by women and girls with respect to their education, careers, relationships and lives in general.
I always enjoy Ama’s stories because her style of writing is uniquely Ghanaian, very plain and relatable, easy to digest. I utterly admire how she doesn’t shy away from telling simple but hard truths about real life as it is for the average ordinary Ghanaian woman, both the educated and uneducated.
Excerpts from some of the stories;
“And now here is Akuba, handling the manual controls of an air force plane as though she had been born flying. Good God, a woman. Wonders surely would never cease.” — from the story, Heavy Moments.
“Don’t say “Hmm”. Just tell me: Who are these ladies? How were they born? What did God specially bless them with? What did He put between their legs? Or how can a woman tell another woman she is buying a big basketful of some very precious fish just to take home and eat? No, my sisters, I have spat on her. And I will again if she comes back asking questions.” — from the story, Payments.
“Newly opened doors, that’s what the politician who represented our district those first days of Independence said we were going to get. Our lives were going to be full of them: newly opened doors, ‘now that the whites are leaving.'” — from the story, Newly-Opened Doors.
“As I always keep saying, if any woman decides to come into this world with all of her two legs, then she should select legs that have meat on them: with good calves. Because you are sure such legs would support solid hips. And a woman must have solid hips to be able to have children.” — from the title story, The Girl Who Can.
Such an easy read written in simple language filled with humor and wits, you just can’t help but enjoy. Definitely recommended. Five-star rating.
Have you read The Girl Who Can And Other Stories? What did you think of it? Which story was your favourite?
If you haven’t, you should definitely check it out in your next read.
Catch you soon with my next review.
Until then, stay safe…stay cool…&…mask up (very important!!!)