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The characters in this novel by filmmaker Raymond Ladebo are real; each sticks in my memory like a friendly vulnerable person with whom I'm forced to empathize. I found reading this novel irresistible because each individual in the story talks directly to the reader in first person singular thereby commanding my undivided attention in the process. I can understand each as a vulnerable human being living his or her life in the midst of all the frailties and challenges imposed by the society. Each of the fifty chapters is from one character's viewpoint prompting the reader to adjudicate and make a personal conclusion at the end of the novel. The engrossing episodes make one want to get to the next chapter for another character's own side of this fascinating human story. This story is about the lead characters' journey from Africa to the United States and back to Africa after which they are forcefully propelled to London, where they are forced to confront the unforeseen challenges of life which forced them to roll with all kinds of wicked punches. The West's construct of race soon tests a family's cohesiveness and inadvertently leads to criminal abandonment of a new child on the steps of a Church in the New York suburb of Westchester. A slow complex interplay of humanity, spirituality and reincarnation beyond the involved characters' human imaginations inexplicably throws a curved ball that reels a multi-ethnic family into an exhausting disbelief of a unique kind. As the story enters its second half, the plot gives rise to a breathless anticipation that a skillful story teller and filmmaker like Raymond Ladebo is able to conjure in a reader's mind.Read more ›
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