My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Land of Honey by Chinenye Obiajulu, is a very emotionally deep novel about the bonds we form with those we love and the trials we face attempting to make a place for ourselves in this world.
I was impressed with this book early on for a multitude of reasons. The author does a good job explaining things that readers outside of the culture she describes may not recognise, and yet she never makes you feel as though you are being spoken down to. I appreciated that she took so much time introducing the character’s situations, but that she didn’t miss a beat when it came to unfolding the story at the same time.
Immigration is a tough and sensitive subject with many layers and opinions, so setting a book around the subject was a risky choice. I thought she handled it very well. This is a story that is both eye opening and heartfelt.
As the reader, you get to explore the emotions of the characters as well as experience the obstacles they face as the book moves along. The decisions they make throughout this book will make you stop and consider your own choices in life and how they have affected you and those you care for.
One very impressive thing about this author’s writing style is the way she allows her characters the ability to grow and change. You feel as if they have matured and become more aware of themselves by the finish. This, to me, is the sign of a talented author. Her characters are three dimensional and interesting.
This is a book that I think readers of literary fiction will love, and will want to share amongst those who are close to them. I recommend that you read it and see what you think.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.