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Death of a Girl

Summary of Short Story

A first person narrative of a young woman who tells of her grandparents' elegant and high-brow existence in colonial-era Ghana. She details her grandfather’s many infidelities, and the intercontinental offspring resulting from these trysts. After his affairs (as well as the rampant whispers of town gossips) finally shattered the marriage, his wife “GeeMaa” lives by herself and eventually dies a peaceful death. Come time for the funeral, family members have made demands about logistics yet refrained from supporting financially. As some speculate about inheritance, the grandchildren inquire about their missing grandfather who avoided the funeral on account of heartbreak. Eventually, a shared humorous exchange lightens the mood and, in the moment, the main character feels herself maturing.

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