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5/5🌟 Out Oct 8th!
Essential Reading! In these 22 introspective and sharp essays a diverse selection of female authors explore their rage and the different forms it takes.
This was such a great collection! I found several new authors to add to my growing reading pile. I appreciated the diversity in the authors voices. The different perspectives really offered a lot of understanding how different women express and experience anger. #bookreview

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5/5🌟Heartbreaking, Queer, Poetic, Intimate and Raw. Saeed Jones has written a beautiful coming-of-age memoir about queerness, love, race and grief.He shares about being a young, gay black boy, about becoming a openly gay man, about sex and partners and blackness and about his mother and grandmother. A love letter to all gay, black boys raised by single mothers fighting to make space for themselves in the world. So so good!Out Oct 8th! #bookreview

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Flourish | Jacqueline Turner
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This was such an interesting and beautiful collection! The very first piece she had my attention. Turner's writing is smart and purposeful. This collection is hard to define. Some pieces read like literary criticism others were beautiful fragments full of wisdom just waiting to be pondered and yet some parts felt very much like a story from a memoir, and almost an intimate look at a writers diary. So thoughtful and sentimental.
Out Tuesday 17th!

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In these stories we meet characters that are so utterly human, beautiful and flawed, haunted and real as they try to navigate their contemporary American lives. Even though these were written years ago I found them ever so relevant today. With themes of marriage, motherhood, prejudice, childhood, desire, and more.Hale's stories are so astute and intelligently written. And her writing is beautiful and vivid. Out Sept 24th. #bookreview #bookstagram

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Spur, a Wolf's Story | Eliza Robertson
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5/5🌟I think Eliza Robertson's debut children's book is a very touching one but is also a creative and gentle approach to an important issue about protecting wild wolves.This book is a great way to showcase this to children and teach the importance of protecting animals natural habitats.Such an impactful message. And the beautiful illustrations of wintery landscapes are the perfect touch.Out September 24th #bookreview #picturebooks

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When Unicorns Poop | Lexie Castle
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 Available October 1st!
This book is full of rainbows, sparkles and silliness! The story is fairly simple it describes what happens when Unicorns poop, toot, sneeze etc. Being magical creatures these bodily functions are not the normal ones, they have a magical twist! With very colorful and fun illustrations this is definitely a light, creative and humorous read.
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Sloth to the Rescue | Leanne Shirtliffe
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🌟🌟🌟.5/5 Out October 15th.
A sloth living at the rainforest rescue centre needs to return a book report that got left behind back to his favorite visitor a young girl named Patti. Sloth must look to his other much faster animal friends for help to achieve this mission. This book was cute with a good message about facing fear and playing off others strengths to come together as a group effort. Great lessons for kids.
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4/5🌟 What a wonderful short story collection! A introspective and thoughtful read. Heartbreaking and endearing. Rowe's writing is lush and impressive! I loved how she used different locales to backdrop and shape around these stories and characters. It really added something different each one. And the characters within were realistic and layered. Definitely check this one out October 8th!
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HAPPY #PUBDAY🎉
5/5🌟Solnit does it again! This essay collection is brilliant and insightful. She tackles political to personal with such grace. In these essays Solnit writes about our current culture, politics, climate change, social and cultural change and more. I found her outlook and optimism on large group movements over individual heroes quite interesting. All in all she is one smart woman and talented writer.Reccomended Reading!#bookreview

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Rag: Stories | Maryse Meijer
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
Dark, strange, haunting and very inventive storytelling!
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5/5🌟 I have tried about 85% of the recipes in this lovely book and enjoyed every one! And my kids ate and enjoyed them as well which is always a plus! All the recipes were hearty, flavorful and delicious.
I appreciated McDonald's simple ingredients. She has included 75 recipes covering , lunch, dinner and dessert/treats. Plus some easy to make yourself staples. Out Now!! #bookreview #canlit #bookstagram

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A Year Without a Name | Cyrus Grace Dunham
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4/5🌟This is one of the most intimate, vulnerable and unbelievable honest memoirs I have ever read!
This reads almost like diary form as Cyrus Grace Dunham writes so clearly and openly about their gender journey, family, desire, queerness and more. So many people will find this book a great comfort. And anyone who enjoys memoirs or has ever wondered about gender identity and queerness needs to read this book! Out Oct 15th! #bookstagram

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Flannery | Lisa Moore
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4/5🌟To start with Lisa Moore is a wonderful award winning Canadian writer! I love her style and how truly Canadian her stories are. I enjoyed this one quite a bit.Its a touching and funny coming of age story.Flannery is a great character, very relatable. I also enjoyed her mom even through her faults. Moore's proficient storytelling shines throughout. I think even readers who dont typically read a lot of YA would enjoy this one too. #bookreview

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4🌟In this collection of personal essays Hughes draws from her childhood, elementary school days to college and into adulthood. She touches on big issues like racism, bodyweight, family, illness, friendship, celebrities, the internet and more!
I particularly enjoyed the parts about her childhood and where she hit on tougher subject matter.
Reading her writing felt very casual, as if we were old friends. She's funny and fresh. Out September 24th!!

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High School | Tegan Quin
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5/5🌟A candid, poignant and insightful coming of age memoir. They recount their own high school experience. Sharing stories that highlight their individual struggles with teen angst, family, twin life, identity, self esteem, drinking, depression, drugs, first loves, longing, the confusion and acceptance of their sexuality (both are gay), bullying, music.
This will be available September 24th!
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4🌟 A fun read out Sept 10th
Early 1900's, January finds a strange book amongst all the peculiar artifacts in the mansion she lives. This book tells a tale of secret doors to magical lands, of danger and adventure and love. She is in for a real journey!
Rich and lovely prose, superb storytelling abilities! Harrow has crafted a very creative and unique story of portals and magic. I didn't even mind the romantic subplot! #bookreview #bookstagram

TorieStorieS I started this one yesterday- loving it so far!! 1mo
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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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4/5🌟 Oyeyemi has weaved a strange, whimsical tale of a family of three generations of women and the gingerbread recipe that is their curse.There isn't much plot but Oyeyemi's way with words kept me going. Her prose and storytelling abilities are something of a marvel. She manages to mix folklore, fantasy, race, and feminism into this storyline. With a narrative style that is unique and dreamlike. #bookreview #bookstagram

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5🌟A collection of personal essays, advice and more on bigger bodies, body image and body positivity. It offers insight and guidance to self love, acceptance, and confidence to loving bodies just the way they are. A diverse range of voices from different genders, sexualities and races. Readers of all sizes and ages will take away from this collection. It will resonate, comfort and educate.
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4/5🌟A story about two people haunted by horrific events in their past with themes of Trauma, Parenthood, Lust, Identity, and Race. This was a good read! A little come the dark and disturbing side, but that made for a very affecting experience. Definitely one of the better books I've read on the legacy of trauma. Page's realistic characters, lyrical prose and storytelling abilities make this a profound debut.
Available Sept 3rd!

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5/5🌟So insightful and thought-provoking! It is divided into three sections Longing, Looking and Dwelling. Jamison, a masterful essayist weaves together personal narrative with well researched fact. The subject matter within these essays are interesting, quirky and at times deeply personal. Themes of lonliness, obsession, loss, marriage, relationships, motherhood, and more. I appreciated her objectivity in each essay. Out Sept 24th!#bookreview

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Thick: And Other Essays | Tressie McMillan Cottom
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5/5🌟This collection blew me away! And everyone needs to read this book! Cottom has written a powerful necessary collection. She is witty, and deep. In smart, affecting prose she addresses several subjects about black womenhood, beauty standards, whiteness, and so so much more. The way she combined her personal experiences with academic knowledge was completely engrossing! This book will educate and resonate.
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Black Abacus | Ian Keteku
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
This is a stirring, powerful and inspiring collection. Themes of family, mythology, life, death, and faith as well as influence from his African upbringing. His use of vivid imagery and talent for writing verse leave a strong impression on the reader. I really enjoyed this one. I tried to savor it as much as I could. Beautifully tender and raw, I will definitely revisit this collection again and again.
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5🌟 I love the way Susie Taylor captured the essence of being a teenager. Daisy is a great character. This book is refreshing, tender, honest, heartbreaking and compulsively readable.
For a debut book and I was impressed and affected by Susie Taylor's prose. Honestly one of the best books I've ever read about the complexities of growing up.Reccomended Reading!
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A Door in the Earth | Amy Waldman
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5🌟 Out Aug27th! This book captured my heart. So compelling and eloquently written. A powerful, political, character driven novel focusing on post 9/11 patient and maternity care in Afghanistan.
I really appreciate Waldman focusing on the female experience in Afghanistan. Such great characters. Her writing is beautiful and I loved the structure of the book. It flowed really well. This book leaves you with a lot to think about. #bookreview

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March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women: A Library of America Special Publication | Jane Smiley, Kate Bolick, Jenny Zhang, Carmen Maria Machado
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5🌟LOVED!!
The four essays are well written, although quite different from each other as a whole they are profound, heartfelt, and amusing. I loved how each writer drew on her own personal connections with Louisa May Alcott's classic. Each taking on a different March sister and reflecting on moments throughout the book that stood out while weaving in their personal history and connections with their subject and the novel itself. Out August 27th!

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The Book of X | Sarah Rose Etter
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5/5🌟
READ - THIS - BOOK! Seriously if you read anything for the rest of the summer let it be this! I love love loved it so much! It was so different from anything I have read....ever! Such an wonderful, perceptive look at the female experience. The narrative is so powerful and her prose are beautiful. The imagery she creates with her words blew me away. Reminiscent of Carmen Maria Machado, Samantha Schweblin's work.
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5/5🌟
Habib today is a writer, photographer and activist. In her memoir which is wonderfully astute, she openly shares her journey from childhood into her adulthood with such integrity. The traumas of her childhood and the pressure of her culture weighing her down she wouldnt come out as queer till years later. This is an inspiring and authentic memoir of being a queer muslim woman. I enjoyed this much! A must read!
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4/5🌟 Available August 6th!
This was a compelling memoir of marriage. Moody's candor is so raw and brave. He doesn't hold back any of his transgressions, demons or the hardships he and his marriages faced. From the joys to the misery he lets the reader look in and bares it all. Sincerely written, I really enjoyed his writing style. If you like memoirs give this a read.
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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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3.5/5🌟
This one was a slow start for me but I was intrigued by the premis of the sleeping sickness so I kept reading. The writing is really good, with multiple POV. Which I liked. I did feel like this book fell into the trap of being overhyped though. That being said it is a quick interesting read.
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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss | Rajeev Balasubramanyam
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3.5🌟
This was a funny read with a great main character! Though a bit quirky and cantankerous I enjoyed the journey he goes on. A slower paced novel, very character driven, full of family drama.
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Home Remedies | Xuan Juliana Wang
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5/5🌟 What an amazing collection! These 12 captivating stories center around the Chinese millennial experience. But its about so much more than that. Themes of love, family, death, identity, reckless youth, and belonging.
This was an emotional for me. Her prose are remarkably beautiful, her characters are deep and well written. Every story had a distinctly different voice.She's is a brilliant storyteller!
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5/5🌟Wow! Her prose are razer sharp as she recounts her career in the military with such sincerity and frankness. Reading her honest account of her struggle to find her place in a mostly male dominated world was so empowering! Thompson has written such an inspirational and important memoir. Military books are so often written by men so I really appreciated reading a females perspective.
Out August 20th!
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Devotion | Madeline Stevens
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4/5🌟 Available August 13th
This book was hard to put down. It gives off Single White Female vibes that leave you with an eerie feeling that propels you to keep reading. Elle's characterp narration is brilliant. The story moves slowly but never loses your interest. All in all an addictive read!
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We Walked the Sky | Lisa Fiedler
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4/5🌟 Out July 19th
A wonderful #YA multi-generational story about growing up and finding where belong. I loved the strong female characters. Both the narration of Victoria and Callie were excellently executed. I particularly fell for Victoria. Her chapters were very atmospheric. She had a very nostalgic quality to her voice. The story is beautiful crafted. This is another book labeled YA but I think readers of all ages could enjoy. #bookreview

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The Body of the Beasts | Audre Wilhelmy
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4/5 🌟This was a strange, disturbing and sensual tale. The writing is very beautiful and vividly poetic.
Right from the start the characters presented as odd but as the story progresses showed as extremely human, and unabashedly tapped into their animalistic side. The story was seductive. The vivid writing and strange dynamic of the Boyra family pulled me in from the first page. Out July 30th CAN Sept 3rd US.
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5/5🌟 This is such an interesting look at Chinese-Canadian restaurant history in Canada. But also the perils and determination of people facing immigration. I tried to make this book last as long as I could but it is too readable. So much about food but the bigger picture of family, and culture. A truly facinating and poignant read!
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Gold That Frames the Mirror | Brandon Melendez
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5🌟
This collection will eviscerate you. A deep and honest look at family, heredity, self acceptance, mental health, trauma and grief.
Melendez vivid imagery clings to each poem. He digs deep and many readers with resonant with his words. The whole collection moved me but the last section truly spoke to me. The title is beautiful and absolutely brilliant!
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5🌟This book is a contemplative look at the brutality and misogyny against women and of their survival in a small town. Peter's has done a beautiful job using different writing styles and voices to share this dark yet at times humorous tale. I really enjoyed this book! I read it in one sitting. Its slim but very dark and raw, it really packs a punch! I loved the mix of poetry and prose and all the vivid imagery.
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🌟🌟🌟🌟/5
This is a cute retelling of Little Red Riding Hood but with a twist! Obviously as a booklover I enjoyed this twist on the original story. I think this book would be great for boys or girls. I dont think that kids necessarily need to have read the original version to enjoy this one at all. If they have read the classic then bonus! The illustrations are very cute too.
Look for this one on July 2nd!
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Permission | Saskia Vogel
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5🌟I'm going to start by saying the writing in this is very well done!! Vogel's prose caught my attention right from the first sentence. There is explicit scenes of BDSM and Fetishism but this book is so much more than that. Big themes are grief, longing and loneliness. These characters, which I did enjoy are searching for love, and acceptance, and freedom to be who they really are. This book is mostly a character study. Aailable now!
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5/5🌟 THIS BOOK!!! Its a must read for summer!
Written in a fever dream style it will capture you, and carry you under, and leave you gasping for air. I had a hard time putting it down and when I did I was thinking about it. Its written so poetically. Theo Mangrove was a facinating character, the depth!
The story and how its told were a rare reading experience for me. And I utterly enjoyed every minute of it! Koestenbaum is a wonderful writer.

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4/5?
The Invention Hunters travel the world in their flying museum in search of the best inventions. In this book they land in a construction site. There are simple descriptions and diagrams of what the "inventions" are and how they work. This book is a fun, silly but informative. With humor and useful information. My son was very captivated by this one. Great for little scientists or kids interested in how things work. Look for it on July 9th!

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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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4/5🌟I relly enjoyed this one. It is compulsively readable! I read it in two days. I thoroughly enjoyed Eve's character and her story.
All the literary and publishing aspects were perfect. You can tell this was written with an appreciation for books. I loved how it was set in the late 80's. It was such an interesting time!
Look for this one out July 9th! Reccomended Reading.
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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4/5🌟

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I enjoyed this one! A story about a lonely grad student who gets drawn into a clique of of rich girls. It was weird and strange and totally bizarre! It reminded me of mean girls a lot but darker and much more disturbing. It is an intensely written darkly funny book.

Thank you to the Publisher for sending me this book.

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The Grief Keeper | Alexandra Villasante
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4/5?
This was beautiful written. So vivid and realistic. The characters were well developed. I enjoyed the sisters relationship. Having a sister myself I related to them. And the LGTBQIA romance was well done too. The concept of a "greif keeper" and ridding people of their sadness was so interesting! Really the whole story was very engrossing.
Available on Tuesday June 11th!
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4/5🌟I thoroughly enjoyed this! I find reading almost anything about Motherhood and Mother-Child relationships so facinating! I loved how these essays showcased all different relationships with Mothers. The cause and effect of the things we dont speak of. From traumas, addictions, shame, to decisions mother make or don't to fathers to our mothers own lives. Very thought-provoking! Also discovered some new writers, Leslie Jamison & Melissa Febos.

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5🌟 A Thought-Provoking Collection!
I loved this book! In these candid essays the way Hopper writes about finding love and connections was so insightful! Proving that for women there is more ways to find happiness and love and genuine connections than marriage alone. A lot of people will see themselves in these essays. Her prose are precise and clear. It really made me think about relationships and love in a new ways.
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Frying Plantain | Zalika Reid-Benta
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5/5🌟
I loved this book!
I started this book yesterday and finished it this morning!! This collection is so impressive! The way the author has interconnected these stories is superb! She managing to capture growing up caught between two worlds, highlighting complicated mother-daughter relationships cultural differences, and race in such an insightful way. I'm floored! Reccomended Reading for sure!
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4/5⭐ This book is a part of a series but could be a standalone. I found the plotline engaging. Theres lots of vivid scenes and magic! I loved all the flashbacks scenes. It was a bit family saga which I love! Connie is a strong woman and was a good character. The writing is really good! This was my first experience with this author I enjoyed her style and I will definitely be looking into her other books in the future. Out on June 25th.

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An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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3.5/5
The writing and story is very interesting and original. Being narrated by his Chi (guardian spirit) was a unique perspective. But parts of that got repetitive in my opinion. I loved the Nigerian setting. Overall I enjoyed the story and there is a lot beautiful language throughout. Reading this authors writing you need to brace yourself, it will be an emotional ride.

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