Black Rock White City by A.S. Patric (4 out of 5)

I picked a bad time to pick this up. Not a happy book, but one that should be picked up regardless. I got a copy sent to keep by Peter at Melville House, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Thanks, Peter. It’s out sometime in September, and I am fairly certain that it will be the darling of all literary awards upon it’s release. As it should! 

Jovan and Suzana have fled Sarajevo. You know Sarajevo from the daily news (Although it has been awhile; shit is still going down over there). They’ve lost their careers, their family, and in a sense, one another as well. They have relocated to Melbourne, Australia, and work as cleaners. Over the summer, Jovan’s work is upended by acts of vandalism. Not just any acts; these feel like they are personal and racially motivated. Are they, or is Jovan having a hard time adjusting to his new life? Will he and Suzana ever be able to relax and just be, or will it be a constant struggle to adjust to this new way of life? Is their new start as bad as their previous life? This is not a happy read but it’s a book that needs to be read! In a country where immigrants are under unnecessary scrutiny by a bulbous Cheeto, this is a book that should be embraced and word spread about the underlying message. Put this on your list to read in September. 

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~ by generationgbooks on July 6, 2017.

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