Mixed bag

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This was kind of a mixed bag for me. On one hand, Munashe Kaseke definitely has some writing chops. The stories are engaging, the characters are developed, and overall it's a good set of shorts. On the other hand, I think Kaseke needs to work on her endings - many of them feel very abrupt, noticeably so. Reminds me of in middle school when I had to write a paper and as soon as I hit my word count, "The End." The stories are impactful and strongly represent the immigrant experience from a female perspective. I think it's an important read for that reason. There are so many facets of daily life that white Americans take for granted and I think that gap in knowledge forms the basis for the lack of empathy for immigrants commonly seen in this country. I really found it helpful to be able to sit in that experience, to face the choices that immigrants are forced to make daily, and to consider how that impacts the way their lives unfold in this country. There are also some vignettes that show the perspective of the female in Zimbabwe, which is also important background information. The only other critique I would make is that this book is liberally sprinkled with Shona (I think?) phrases and statements and in most cases, there is no context or definition provided. I think Kaseke needs to remember her audience in her future work and ensure that when these phrases are used, they are easily deciphered given the context of the situation or they are in some other way defined. I felt like I missed some important things because I couldn't make the translation. All in all, an enjoyable set of shorts.