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Friday, February 7, 2020

Read the World - Gabon - Mema

Book: Mema
Author: Daniel Mengara
Pages: 122
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: NO

This is my 15th book for the year

This short novella is a fictional story about a mother and her family in Gabon.  It is told from the perspective of her second son as he grows up watching his mother struggle with her husband's family and village.  When her husband dies, the village does everything they can to cast her out, and she fears for her children.  She sends her second son to live in the big city in Gabon with her husband's brother.  There he is able to attend a very good school and for 5 years he doesn't see his mother.  Once he sees her again after so long, he almost doesn't recognize her.  His mother decides he cannot leave her again and tries to figure out a way to keep him and also allow him to continue his studies.

This is a very short, but pretty decent book.  I finished it in an afternoon.  It is well written and the story flows well.  It has a nice wrap up of an ending, which I know can be tough with a short book.  You become invested in the story and the characters and I was anxious to finish it to see how it would end.

I recommend this one.  

Stars: 4

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