This is a generational saga of Tademy’s family beginning during the slave era in the United States. We learn the struggles of four prominent women who fought for their freedom while at the same time trying to keep their family together.
This is an extremely interesting account because it examines in depth, the lives these women led and how often they were tied to their masters.
After Anne and Serey, a Cambodian refugee, meet in a Montreal jazz club, they are drawn to each other. But when Pol Pot’s reign of terror ends, Serey is compelled to return to Cambodia to find his family. When he doesn’t return, Anne follows. She soon learns the depths of the tragedy and its after effects on the survivors.
After Lewis’s mother drinks a bottle of wine, she drowns while they are out on a picnic together during the 1950s. Because of his repeated failure to save his mother, Lewis become unruly and lands in jail.
On his release, he discovers the past is ever present within both his family and his English community that no longer trust him.
Evan grew up an orphan in a small Mississippi town. When black Evan meets white Valuable, the daughter of the town whore who doesn’t know who her father is, their lives change. Both want a family, something neither of them have, but can this racial combination survive in the 1950’s south?
Pearl’s father is a missionary in China. When Pearl befriends Chinese Willow they are inseparable. It is only under Mao’s repressive regime that Pearl’s family is forced to flee China. The friends have no contact with each other because Willow fears this could endanger her family. Continue reading “Anchee Min’s — Pearl of China *****”
Set in Montreal, Beena and Sadhana are close because of the death of their parents in their teens. While their uncle takes care of them, Beena sees a change in her sister. It’s only with Sadhana’s death, that Beena tries to unravel the cause of her sister’s end. Continue reading “Saleema Nawzaz’s — Bone and Bread *****”
Roxy, the powerful; Margo, the politician; Tunde, the journalist; and Allie, Mother Eve are the key characters who witness, and are part of a new era exploding all over the world. Young girls develop a power that sends men rioting because they can’t accept they are now the weaker sex. Continue reading “Naomi Alderman’s — The Power *****”