Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Review of Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson

What an amazing book.  Set in Nigeria this books tells Blessings story.  Her life starts in the richer part of town but when her parents split 12 year old Blessing has to move to her grandparents home.  She has to adapt to living in poverty with no electricity or running clean water.  The threat of violence is all around and Blessing sees and experiences things that no 12 year old should.

Blessing follows her Grandma and soon becomes her assistant and aids with the delivery of the villagers babies.  Faced with the tragic mutilations of the woman due to cutting (Female genital mutilation) Blessing has some big decisions and soul searching to do.

When her mother meets a new man - a white man - employed by one of the oil giants the situation gets out of control.  Her brothers hatred for the new man escalates and the local rebel Sibeye boys known for the violence get involved and the situation is soon out of control.

Blessing has the chance to escape this country and leave all the heartbreak and violence behind and start a new life in London, but will she go or remain faithful to her beloved Grandma?

This book will make you laugh and make you cry.  It will horrify and then leave you smiling.  A story of faith, humanity, religion and above all love.  Amazing!

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