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The Stars at Oktober Bend

I found this book difficult to engage with at the beginning. The chapters describing Alice's thoughts are written in lower case, with some shortened sentences.
As the story unfolds, the reason becomes clear. Alice has suffered an horrendous attack resulting in a brain injury, which affects her speech.
A friendship develops between her and Manny, a young boy from Sierra Leone, who himself has suffered and witnessed terrible family losses in his native country.
Both experience injustice due to ignorance and prejudice from some of the local community.
However, the story does have a positive outcome and it was worth persevering with.

Posted on: 6th May 2017 at 05:47 pm

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