na'ima b robert

… Don’t get married weak and needy, looking to your husband to make your world the one you dream of. What a burden for him! What high expectations. How on earth will he ever be able to fulfill all your needs? He’s still learning himself. And what happens when he fails this huge task you’ve set him without his knowledge? You become bitter and disappointed. And that’s no way to be, trust me.
—  Na'ima B. Robert

My books are all here, finally! Ordered a bunch of used books off of Amazon that I couldn’t find in any of the libraries in my area.
I still have a few more weeks to go, but I decided to get an early start.
“From my sisters’ lips” is already so captivating. I’m so excited.

Review: Far From Home

The opposite of Guilty Pleasure must be Worthy Read. And I must confess that when faced with a cover featuring an AK47 and those orange-y colours that usually denote war-torn African country, my instinct is to reach for the glitzy book next to it. The Frances Lincoln list is heavy on Guilt Trip Lit - and we love them for it. Because, generally, it means their books are well written and resonant. Far from Home by Na'Ima B Robert is both of these (bar a tendency to have a few too many smiles playing on lips). A dual narrative novel, it starts in Rhodesia with the story of Tariro who together with her village, is violently banished from her ancestral land by white settlers. Fast forward forty years to Katie, living a charmed life in Zimbabwe, until the Land Regeneration Programme delivers poetic justice. Although the connection between the two girls is awkwardly contrived, and towards the end Robert lapses clumsily in to history telling mode, the evocation of landscape and the emotion it engenders is powerfully done. Tariro’s story leaves you with tears down your cheeks and a residue of guilt that is harder to wipe away.