By Warsan Shire
2022 • 82 PAGES
If you want a one line summation of my thoughts here it is: Everyone should read this collection. I think this review will benefit from simplicity, because it’s really that simple. Pick it up.
The depths Shire travels within the breadth of a couple lines renders me speechless. While I can observe and empathize with the hard and harsh realities of refugees, immigrants, and black communities, I know I can never truly know them. Despite this, the weight that Shire’s words place on my shoulders as she details tragedy after tragedy, loss after loss, is haunting and visceral.
Just today, I heard George Stephanopoulos claim (on a YouTube Ad lol) that genuine conversations require honesty and candor. And while genuine, honest, and candid, this collection— unlike many others— isn’t a conversation. It’s a hammer that’s brought down on your heart again and again leaving you tender but all the better for having read it. It forces you to look deeper, feel deeper and come out from the shallows having brought parts of the depth back with you.
This collection is 100% recommended. I’m a simp for you, Warsan Shire.
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