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The highlight for me was the way the author reframed American history in terms of Black dispossession and disenfranchisement. Reluctant to believe that hostilities will last more than a handful of weeks, she stays behind while the city falls under siege.

The author gives such a comprehensive and clear view of the problems facing black neighborhoods in Baltimore, and gives the full history of the consistent decisions by the city of Baltimore to destroy and segregate those neighborhoods. All of these are represented fairly in the story through characters coming from various ethnic identities.

Because I read the audiobook edition I wasn't able to read the Author's Note, but I found this article that explains how the novel relates to the author's family. I love teaching as well as writing and teach creative writing, most recently at University College Dublin. He ends with a plea to Make Black Neighborhoods Matter (Track 6) and concludes with solutions on how to do so in Healing the Black Butterfly (Track 7). Zora must cope with much—the struggle for survival, the pain of watching the city she loves being torn to pieces around her, her art that she lives for and through which she expresses herself destroyed, separation from her family (whom she needs more than ever at these times), grappling with the question of leaving versus staying, and really also wondering about the war itself which makes no sense. While the book doesn’t go into the motivations and differences that led to the conflict (indeed, the characters themselves are at a loss to point a finger at why), it goes give one an insight into the kind of multicultural space Sarajevo was.

I discovered that it was the longest siege in modern warfare and it gave me insight into what living in a war zone must be like for those Ukrainians who are unable to leave. West, writing in 1993, talks about the shortcomings of both the political right and the political left and identifies the key issue as American Nihilism. Her painting, more an obsession than a hobby, keeps her human as she awaits space on a Red Cross convoy. Coupling diagnosis with prescription, this book provides readers with the necessary tools to dismantle spatial inequity and develop policies and practices for thriving Black neighborhoods and communities! As the assault deepens and everything they love is laid to waste, black ashes floating over the rooftops, Zora and her friends are forced to rebuild themselves, over and over.this was a great read, especially if you are interested in the history of American structural racism and displacement/segregation, and/or the city of Baltimore and racism. Our current partner charities in the UK are READ International, the National Literacy Trust, Room to Read. This book is a collection of memories and experiences Drake lived after the death of one of his brothers.

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