Saturday, January 20, 2024

Review - Send Her Back and Other Stories

Title:   Send Her Back and Other Stories
Author:   Munashe Kaseke
Publisher:  Mukana Press
Genre:   Essays
Format:  Audiobook ARC
No. of Pages:   204
Date of Publication:   July 25, 2022
My Rating:   


In Send Her Back and Other Stories, Munashe Kaseke offers an awfully intimate, fresh telling of the immigrant black woman experience in the United States, equally awash with a myriad of challenges as well as the joys of exploring a new world. With sumptuous candor, her complicated, and often tangled, female Zimbabwean protagonists navigate issues of identity, microaggressions, and sexism in vibrant and indelible settings, and at times a tense US political climate. Yet again, these are not only stories of overcoming, they're also marked by characters who've risen to the top of their professional fields, seized the American dream, and who travel the world in glee. Kaseke peels back on the inner wranglings of characters caught between two worlds be it by stories of dating outside one's culture and race or failing to assimilate upon returning home after spending time abroad. Uncanny. Hilarious. Witty. Gripping. Send Her Back and Other Stories dazzles, leaving you newly awakened to the world we live in.

This book of Essays covers experiences that the author, Munashe Kaseke, experienced during he life. Unrelenting racism and sexism were normal for her and also lack of recognition  Struggling to stay in America while trying to earn a degree, a student visa is what helped her to stay and fight. 
Reading this immigrant experience from this perspective and in short story format was truly eye opening. A woman from Zimbabwe trying to make it in American with fight after fight. This novel had sixteen stories written as essays and they were all linked in one way or another. POVs change from first person to third person, but remained interesting throughout. 

Many thanks to Makuna Press and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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