I started and stopped this book several times because it brings up difficult issues and memories.
This book is a heavy, emotional experience, shared by all people of color at some point in their life, espceially if they are living in a place they don't call the land of their birth. The author expresses her own experiences in detail, making one question whether we have become too complacent in our attitudes about racism and microaggression.
In today's day and age, it is increasingly important to not only address, but recognize these issues, and the author refers to that shared experience. I have experienced racism in America, as has my family. Someone threw a coke can at my child yelling, "Go back to Iraq." This was after 9/11. There was no point in yelling back, "We're not from Iraq!" Because even if we were from Iraq, the racism was directed not at us, but at out otherness.
Kudos to the author for bringing it up. It is an important piece of work, although overall I think the tone could have been a little more tolerant and light. Still, it is a serious topic, and I'l glad I read the book, even though it's not my usual genre of fiction.
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