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Beautifully and elegantly written, and a true original, not only in the concept and worldbuilding, but the way the story came into being as well. It's an emotional journey and poetry-filled exploration more than a traditional tale. I found this book a compelling read and highly recommended, particularly for Black History Month. The only reason it isn't a 5-star is that I really wanted more from this tale. It's novella-length, and though it would have broken the narrative to add a lot of extraneous conflict (so I can understand why they kept the focus on Yetu and her memories), it did feel more like a story than a book. With a concept this profound, and Yetu's vivid characterization and POV, the implications could have been explored more fully. This book should be read and discussed in any conversation about the narratives and history of the enslaved people brought here from Africa. It also incorporates insights into gender, trauma, PTSD, and the weight of history in cultural and psychological development. I found it a book of both great joys and sorrows. I would be eager to read more stories of other wajinru and their experiences.