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Far from Home (Street Child): The sisters of Street Child

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Katie and Tariro are worlds apart but their lives are linked by a terrible secret, gradually revealed in this compelling and dramatic story of two girls grappling with the complexities of adolescence, family and a painful colonial legacy. It is obvious she engages more with Tariro, thrilling in the rich detail and earthy descriptions of her life in her rural homestead. From the beginning you sense that she is Ian's daughter and he is now farming the land he forced Tariro and her clan from years earlier. As an author, not every book will necessarily speak to you, move you to tears, leave you shaken on the fourth or fifth reading. There is a connection between Tariro and Katie that brings the two story lines colliding together, and is fitting and neat.

It’s not until I’m standing in the shower, trying to wash away the stench of eighteen hours in limbo, that the anger and anxiety rise up within me. Although Far From Home is set some years later, and many reforms had been created by then, it is likely that they were only gradually and perhaps rarely fully implemented, especially in rural areas. But up here, in the ivory tower, it’s easy to forget the truth: that when I leave this office, I am not a Microsoft executive. While the story is true, and exceptionally sad, the reason I said yes to it was that I think it’s important to understand the lives of other creatures and what we as humans put them through for our own (often useless and selfish) reasons. I have no doubt that this book will inspire anyone who reads it, especially us Zimbos, all I can say is Thank You!Norris Kaplan, the protagonist of Philippe’s debut novel, is a hypersweaty, uber-snarky black, Haitian, French-Canadian pushing to survive life in his new school. I don't have very much experience or knowledge of the political turmoil that Zimbabwe has faced, both with colonialism and with reclaiming their independence, but I am always fascinated when authors have the ability to tell a good story, fill it with such emotion as well as educate me in a very subtle manner. I for one have learnt to never judge a book by its cover , it looks boring but is actually based on the Industrial Revolution in Britain.

But the lack of control is terrifying: the sense that I am buried deep within this maze of broken dreams and violence and no one gives a shit.In a captivating tale about two teenage girls divided by decades and racial prejudice, Na'ima B Robert weaves an absorbing story about how the fight for land has shaped Zimbabwe's colonial legacy.

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