The Book of Echoes – Rosanna Amaka

Synopsis:

Narrated by the spirit of an enslaved African, this is a searing debut about hope, redemption and the scars of history.

Over two hundred years ago in Africa, a woman tosses her young son to safety as she is hauled off by slavers. After a brutal sea passage, her second child is snatched away. Although the woman doesn’t know it yet, her spirit is destined to roam the earth in search of her lost children.

It will make its way to 1980s Brixton, where she watches teenage Michael attempt to stay out of trouble as riots spit and boil onthe streets; and to a poor village in Nigeria, where Ngozi struggles to better her life..

As the invisible threads that draw these two together are pulled ever tighter, The Book of Echoes asks: how can we overcome the traumas of the past when they are woven so inextricably with the present? Humming with horror and beauty, Rosanna Amaka’s remarkable debut marks her as a vibrant new voice in fiction.

Review:

I loved the premise of this book and it’s execution was pretty good too!

The flipping backwards and forwards between timelines and locations kept it interesting and the depth of backstory really made you grow attachment to the characters.

The narration style and the narration itself was very clever, I really enjoyed it and it helped me grow a closer attachment.

It did initially take time for me to get into the book at the very beginning but once the stories got going I enjoyed it very much.

The writing and dialogue throughout was also very believable. It is a powerful read that doesn’t hide its motives. 


I would recommend, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 from me!

About the author:

ROSANNA AMAKA was born to African and Caribbean parents. She began writing THE BOOK OF ECHOES twenty years ago to give voice to the Brixton community in which she grew up. Her community was fast disappearing – as a result of gentrification, emigration back to the Caribbean and Africa, or simply with the passing away of the older generation. Its depiction of unimaginable pain redeemed by love and hope was also inspired by a wish to understand the impact of history on present-day lives. Rosanna Amaka lives in South London. This is her first novel!

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