genre: historical fiction
synopsis: the book follows two women from the gold coast (modern-day ghana), one on either side of the ocean, and their descendants
setting: ghana and the united states, 1700s to present
what i loved: the history. each time and place serves as the background to each character’s story, while also propelling it forward. the challenges the characters face are unique to their times and places, but they also wrestle with similar issues: their humanity, how to maintain their culture, how to overcome challenges and build the lives they want for themselves and their children.
trigger warnings: torture, rape
final thoughts: this book is SO good. i loved it.
h is for honduras: my next book is my own homegoing, of sorts. it’s about a boy whose mother moves to the united states for a better job, and who sets out as a teenager, by himself, to reunite with her. i may not have grown up in honduras, but when i visit, i feel like i’ve come home even as i feel like starkly and conspicuously out of place. i’m almost dreading this book because i know it will acquaint me with the hardships of a place to which i have such a strong tie, and therefore resonate more strongly and rend my heart more deeply. i’m sure i’ll have a great many thoughts once i’ve finished, and consequently a much longer review, so stay tuned!