• Friday, April 12, 2024

Reviews

Story of grief, racism and relationships has relatable emotions

By: Chiara Khan

AN ACCOMPLISHED novel from 2023 was published in paperback last Thursday (11).

Born in Paris and brought up in London, the assured author offers up an interesting debut novel about a young man, from a mixed heritage background, overcome by the death of his beloved grandfather and preparing for a new chapter.

He goes on a journey to find out more about his own father, who passed away before he was born. His mother has kept that part hidden and never discussed it with him. What follows is the unravelling of several deeply held secrets from the past. Although this book tackles emotional issues of loss and grief, it essentially presents coming-of-age stories about a mother and son connected by loss, set across different time periods. By going into the past and present, the author weaves together the respective journeys of both protagonists, facing decidedly different challenges in life but connected by common issues.

This results in the revelation of secrets, which ultimately serves as the key to unlocking doors towards understanding themselves.

The story about grief, losing someone you love and belonging, is powered by relatable human emotions. By focusing on family and likeable characters, the author connects deeply with the reader.

The multi-layered book also takes a hard look at how individuals protect themselves from personal pain, apart from exploring themes like racism, prejudice, culture clashes, childhood trauma, abuse, sacrifices and the complexities of all relationships.

The author doesn’t shy away from some uncomfortable moments and tackles them head-on, which adds extra power to the story.

The book could have been shorter, and the use of street slang in places is jarring. But these are minor flaws in an accomplished book that will connect with different generations, particularly those indviduals who have lost someone.

It will make readers reflect on their personal experiences and perhaps help understand them better.

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