MOTIVATION for READING: I enjoyed Gyasi’s debut and this one is getting great reviews. Plus, you know, the T. O. B.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: Gifty is a scientist, a daughter of immigrants from Ghana, reflecting on her childhood as the little sister to a brother who died of a heroine overdose, her religious upbringing and how her mother suffers from mental illness, while conducting research on addiction so she can understand her own pain.
THOUGHTS: This was a time/place of being in Gifty’s head as she explains and sorts through her thoughts and reactions and movement through many years, many relationships. Lots of religion and philosophy, but mostly religion and God and understanding and reconciling faith with science, science versus faith. It was really quite beautiful. NOT pushy at all. I think this could be a valuable reference for any religious study.
I liked Gifty. She was so well presented and fleshed out – her wants, needs, goals, dreams. Was there even a plot?
RATING: Four slices of pie. Apple pie mention and a bit about a friend who offers baked goods, including pie. YAY!
Quote lifted from a review in The Dartmouth, America’s Oldest College Newspaper: