Thursday, December 18, 2008

Book - Something Like Beautiful

Something Like Beautiful: One Single Mother's Story… by Asha Bandele
This is a heartfelt accounting of one women, one black women’s struggles to realize her position as a single mother with all the trials and tribulations that go along with that state of being. In the beginning, asha bandele reveals meeting and falling in love with a man in prison, while many people would avoid such a situation, she continued on and married this love. Creating a child, carrying that child and delivering that child (named Nisa), showed asha how difficult the road could be, but she always had the dream and belief that her man would be released. Finding out that if he was released from prison that he would be deported back to his home country was the last thing she expected. Now she had to do it on her own. Divorce, dating, job, motherhood all takes a toll on a women and this women found herself in a depression that seemed to sneak up on her from nowhere. Hope of children, hope found in her own child gave her the strength not only to survive yet another blow, but to regroup enough to thrive. She must, young Nisa and herself were enough reason to concur any adventure.

I have never heard of asha bandele or any of her writing before. While I do not completely know the way it feels to be a single mother, a single black mother, I am conscious of more than one similarity with the struggles of being an mother and feeling so alone and lost. This is an intriguing story, one that interested me at first because of the fact that this intelligent young women opens up about the fact that she was falling apart with her only connection to life, her beautiful daughter. I did enjoy the story, the courage it took to pull things together and the courage it took to write/tell about some of the hardest things in life to deal with, (our own inner self) I was a bit disappointed in the story telling process. Coming from an author, editor, and poet, I had expected a certain amount of either flourishing prose or orderly novel type story telling, this book offers both in small quantities which make the flow inconsistent and at times difficult to follow.

This is an Advanced Reader Edition, this book is not available until February 2009. I received this ARE as part of the Collins Reads initiative, to find out more you can go to

Sep 11, 2008

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