My goal is to read 250 books as part of the Goodreads challenge for 2019. I recently completed Book #3 of 250 books in 2019! I found this little book called Things Are Good Now, released last year by Djamila Ibrahim. She is an Ethiopian-born writer who moved to Canada in 1990. This book is about the immigrant experience in Canada. She is a really terrific writer, and as an immigrant myself who work in the space helping immigrants, I really connected to this book of short fiction. Lets try and support her work. Though I am reading a mix of fiction and nonfiction books, I am mostly going to share the non business related books on my list with you as I work my way through my list.
Set in East Africa, the Middle East, Canada, and the U.S., Things Are Good Now examines the weight of the migrant experience on the human psyche. In these pages, women, men, and children who’ve crossed continents in search of a better life find themselves struggling with the chaos of displacement and the religious and cultural clashes they face in their new homes. A maid who travelled to the Middle East lured by the prospect of a well-paying job is trapped in the Syrian war. A female ex-freedom fighter immigrates to Canada only to be relegated to cleaning public washrooms and hospital sheets. A disillusioned civil servant struggles to come to grips with his lover’s imminent departure. A young Muslim Canadian woman who’d married her way to California to escape her devout family’s demands realizes she’s made a mistake.
The collection is about remorse and the power of memory, about the hardships of a post-9/11 reality that labels many as suspicious or dangerous because of their names or skin colour alone, but it’s also about hope and friendship and the intricacies of human relationships. Most importantly, it’s about the compromises we make to belong.
Black Women Connect! Social & Book Club is a Toronto-based club that focuses on celebrating Black Literature, Sisterhood and the love of reading. Our mission is to bring Black Women together who love to read fiction and nonfiction books written by writers of African descent for meaningful conversations, connections and socialization. Each month we choose a book and use it as the foundation to discuss our own lives as black women – we, read, discuss, listen, reflect, renew, and yes, drink & eat! BWC purpose is to inform, empower, inspire, and enrich each member’s life through the privilege of reading and connecting with each other.
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