Hardback: £ 12.99
In my younger years I went through a period where I read a lot of black literature from Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and many other fantastic authors. This book deserves the same standing and attention as the books by the authors mentioned above.
The novel is heartfelt and tragic and warm and enticing from the very beginning. Once becomes so emotionally involved with all the characters, and you can tell that AM has a great level of feeling for them all. The stories and experiences are all very different but they all affect and involve Hattie and her husband and many, many children. They are the stories of growing up as a black person in the USA.
Race, gender, sexuality and class are all discussed and nothing is shied away from. This is a wonderfully honest, candid and open book that leaves nothing to chance and leaves no stone unturned. The whole book is engaging and interesting but so devastatingly upsetting at times that you just don't know what to do.
The message and importance of family is driven home, nothing is as important as family. Your people is a phrase that is always repeated and which catches me in that one place every time it is said.
A beautiful book that will no doubt touch every reader.