Saturday, January 15, 2022

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo


DNF @ 34%

Most of my friends really liked this book, and I think whether you will too will depend largely on (1) how you feel about books written in verse and (2) how you feel about really experimental books that sometimes don't make sense. I can go either way when it comes to (1) but (2) is where this book kind of lost me. The magic-realism element is really quite strange. I loved the parts about Nima and her family, and I felt like Elihillo managed to capture the ache that comes from being both too much and not enough when it comes to how people of color are "othered," but the whole bit with Yasmeen, her alter ego, was a bit too strange and sometimes the narrative felt incredibly dissociative as a result.

This is a stylistic thing for me, so you might very well enjoy this book.

2 out of 5 stars

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