Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Sweetness in the Belly
by Camilla Gibb
Quickie Recap: Lilly is a white Muslim in Ethiopia just beginning to find love when revolution tears her away. She becomes a refugee in England where she struggles to fit in and find her footing while every day her thoughts remain in Africa.
Quickie Review: Sigh. I loved this. Loved it. I have never read such an impactful account of immigration. You feel her sadness, her struggle, the urge to make a new home for herself while still yearning for the home she left behind. It feels real and it feels tragic. The contrast between the two countries is brilliant. It touches on war and politics as it must, but they are lived and felt, not just discussed. Acceptance is a struggle for Lilly no matter where she is, and her tenacity is tremendous. She is an interesting character, so much so that I forgot that she was a character and not a real person, and that's a huge compliment to Gibb.
Quickie Recommendation: Breathlessly, yes.