Over half of the world's population lives on the continent of Asia, without counting people of Asian descent or birth who live elsewhere.
Title: A Golden Age
Author: Tahmima Anam
Set at the time of the Bangladeshi Liberation War, this is the story of mother Rehana Haque and her grown-up family.
I love how exceptionally strong Rehana is in this book - she rocks.
I also love how there's no 'right' side as such, and Rehana feels herself torn between the different factions and national identities.
That said, I have extremely limited knowledge of the political history of this area, so I really can't make a judgement as to the historical accuracy, especially of the events of the war.
There's a lot of stuff going on in this book, so potentially distressing content includes: rape, murder, torture, kidnapping, war, religious prejudice, oppression and atrocities.
A Golden Age - Rehana rocks. #OwnVoices
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This is an absorbing three-way triangle, with an F/F element.
Although this is about teenagers, it's not really YA - so don't make the mistake of placing it in that genre.
Potentially distressing content in this book includes: suicide, self-harm, sexual assault, attempted rape, grief, xenophobia, internalised xenophobia, oppression, torture, capital punishment.
There're also some awkward sex scenes.
My one big downer on this book is that the perpetrator of the sexual assault and attempted rape isn't punished or blamed, and basically is treated the same way is he was before. And that's not OK.
Overall though? Wild Ginger is absorbing, complex, and exceedingly well-written.
Wild Ginger is absorbing and complex
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This book follows Behruz, returned from America to a country he no longer recognises, a brother he struggles to help, an illicit love affair, and memories that seem more real than the reality.
Struggling, Behruz finds refuge in his family's Narenjestan - the lemon grove - and begins to piece his life back together.
This is a great book - highly unique, and incredibly involving.
Potentially distressing content includes: suicide attempts (from the beginning,) depression, PTSD, selective mutism, child abuse, capital punishment, stoning of women, references to war and injury, as well as war-related mental health problems.