- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus (14 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408832712
- ISBN-13: 978-1408832714
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.7 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 484,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This Is Where I Am Paperback – 14 Mar 2013
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So it's surprising that this story of tentative friendship is also an unexpectedly humorous affair ... Generous-spirited, big-hearted depiction of life behind the statistics (Daily Mail)
A story of tragedy told with such eloquence and elegance as to renew our faith in the resilience of the human spirit (Kerry Young, author of Pao)
This was the best novel I read on holiday ... A brilliant story, beautifully told by Campbell (Alistair Campbell, Metro)
The writing is bold, gritty and fearless (The Sunday Times)
One of the most powerful novels I've read in a long time. Unvarnished and without sentimentality, This Is Where I Am forces us to reassess our notion of the refugee in the modern world. Like all great survival stories, Abdi Hassan's is dogged by horror and grotesque ill-fate; yet it is Abdi's quiet courage and dignity that endures in the memory long after the final page. Think you have a social conscience? Read this, weep and think again (Helen Walsh, author of Brass)
This Is Where I Am is subtle, compassionate and completely gripping. It's the best kind of page-turner, one where you race through to the end because you can't bear to abandon the characters. Wonderful (Shelley Harris, author of Jubilee)
Fans of The Other Hand will enjoy this heartbreaking yet uplifting tale which solves the heartbreaking mystery(Bookseller)
A tender and eye-opening novel about loss and survival, and an unlikely friendship between a Glaswegian widow and a Somali asylum seekerSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
It is full of believable characters, the main ones being Abdi and his daughter Rebecca who arrive in Glasgow from an African Refugee Camp and Debs, recently widowed, who becomes Abdi's mentor.
I cried at some of the flashbacks to Abdi's time in the refugee camps and laughed at times at his understanding of the Scottish language and phraseology.
This is a brilliantly written strong story which makes me want to learn more about the Scottish Refugee Council.
Without a doubt my book of the year so far.
It's a large book, but one I got through pretty quickly. The writing is excellent, and the story is moving, enlightening and ultimately uplifting. I really enjoyed reading about the contrast between Deborah's and Abdi's lives, and how having her as his mentor went some way to mending him and giving him a new life in Scotland. It's an empathetic portrayal of two people trying to get their lives back on track and it's a story of friendship and healing.
An excellent and different read.
The story centres on a desolate young widow, Deborah, and a traumatised refugee, Abdi. Abdi was once a teacher, a fisherman, a provider for his wife and children, but now his family is shattered, his Somalian village destroyed, and he is living in a graffitied Glasgow tenement with his surviving 4-year-old daughter. He has a new name too: Refugee. Every month, Abdi meets Deborah, a volunteer charged with `integrating' refugees into the city through the medium of museum tours and pidgin-English small-talk. Behind her bright and breezy attitude, Deborah too is falling apart. After the death of her husband last year she feels as lost and powerless as Abdi, and gradually, they strike up an awkward friendship. Soon, childless Deborah becomes a longed-for mother figure for his little girl, and their lives become ever more entangled. For Deborah, this is the beginning of a journey of discovery that will eventually lead her to a Kenyan refugee camp, in a desperate attempt to help Abdi face his demons, and forge a future for his daughter.
This is wonderful. Highly recommended!
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The role of European countries in welcoming - or rejecting - refugees is a critical issue at the moment (2015), so this novel (published before the refugee crisis in Europe... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BookWorm
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Compelling story showing the perspective of refugees and the recipient communities, Some very likeable characters and gentle humour. Read morePublished 7 months ago by love a good read
I found this because I was looking for books by Glaswegian writers. It is an awesome novel, couldn't put it down. Insightful, funny and incredibly sad. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sonia
One of those gripping reads, although I couldn't read it quickly as I kept stopping to think about various parts of the story line and some of the issues raised. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jill in East Kent
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