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Honest, Heartbreaking, Healing.
on 12 March 2013
Having some knowledge about the Scottish Refugee Council and experiences of people there, there is no question that the plot of this book is believable, engaging, and truthful. Campbell has bravely and beautifully shown us a world that most turn a blind eye to. She gently but compellingly raises a significant issue that should be addressed.
The narrative structure- a meeting between Abdi and Deb each month- allows for character and relationship development. You really care about these people. They can be flawed, of course, but are honest. Abdi in particular is sensitive, gentle and while at times scared, also very open and hopeful. His and Deb's actions are believable- they are both experiencing grief, and coming through it together in a remarkable relationship. Abdi's daughter is a fantastic character, and brings back some of the sunshine he misses.
Some people who read this wont have a lot of experience with the plight of refugees and wont always be open to seeing it from another perspective. And that's okay. Campbell is not trying to convert. But to those readers who are open, this book is an incredibly moving read. I feel like I am a better person for having read it, as now I am a little more understanding and a lot less judgemental of people who's story I don't know. This is as close as you can get to walking in someone else's shoes, and I urge you to give it a go and see where that takes you.