My Parents: An Introduction and This Does Not Belong to You by Aleksandar Hemon

In My Parents, Hemon recalls the hardships of the Bosnian war that spurred his parents’ immigration to Canada, and then the incongruities of the new life which they were forced to build. This Does Not Belong to You, is a complementary catch-all of his memories and observations. The writing is compelling and strong, but I think the works would be stronger if they were combined. It felt like hiccuped writing. I had to do the work of stringing his family’s stories together.

Gwenamon says: Good, but unsatisfying

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