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anonymous reviewed on 31 Aug 2021
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Gifty's world shrinks from 4 people to 2. Her father returns to Ghana, worn out by life in America and they learn that every time he says he will be back 'soon'- it only means he would rather stay and thrive in Ghana not America. Her brother, Nana, dies of a drug overdoses in his teens and his death is the final straw that renders her mother what Gifty calls a 'wasteland.' Gifty goes to Science to overcome her anxiety, fear and most of all find a cure that could save someone like her brother. There is a phrase that appears twice in this book more towards the sentence 'I went quiet and my mother went insane.' What is certain is that this book is not warm, it is not the kind that you expect to laugh about rather, it immerses you in the grief that comes with seeing loved ones suffer mental illness, in understanding addiction and searching for answers when it seems like none are forthcoming or satisfying.