“It was her real life, Imani,” she said apologetically. “It‘s not some book we read in school with, like, symbols and themes. She didn‘t have to end with any closure.”
This book weaves together the story of Imani, an African American girl adopted by a Jewish family, with her great grandmother Anna‘s story of leaving Luxembourg to live with a couple in New York City in 1941. I enjoyed the way the diary made the past real to Imani and also helped her better understand her own adoption. It is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and the reality of family as more than genetics.