This Is Where I Am

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When recently widowed Deborah Maxwell is assigned by the Scottish Refugee Council to act as mentor to Abdi Hassan, a Somali refugee, the two are drawn into an awkward friendship. They must spend a year together, meeting once a month in different parts of Glasgow. As recently-widowed Deborah opens Abdi's eyes to her beloved city and its people, he teaches her about the importance of family - and of laying your ghosts to rest. All Abdi has brought with him is his four-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who lives in a silence no one can reach. Until, one day, she starts talking. And they discover why she had stopped...
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ISBN-13: 9781408832738
ISBN-10: 1408832739
Pagini: 480
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 30 mm
Greutate: 0.37 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Karen Campbell draws on her own experience in writing this novel: she is an ex-policewoman whose husband works for the Scottish refugee council

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Karen Campbell is a graduate of Glasgow University's renowned Creative Writing Masters, and author of The Twilight Time, After the Fire, Shadowplay and Proof of Life. A former police officer, Karen Campbell won the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009. She lives Galloway,


So it's surprising that this story of tentative friendship is also an unexpectedly humorous affair ... Generous-spirited, big-hearted depiction of life behind the statistics
A story of tragedy told with such eloquence and elegance as to renew our faith in the resilience of the human spirit
This was the best novel I read on holiday ... A brilliant story, beautifully told by Campbell
The writing is bold, gritty and fearless
One of the most powerful novels I've read in a long time. Unvarnished and without sentimentality, This Is Where I Am forces us to reassess our notion of the refugee in the modern world. Like all great survival stories, Abdi Hassan's is dogged by horror and grotesque ill-fate; yet it is Abdi's quiet courage and dignity that endures in the memory long after the final page. Think you have a social conscience? Read this, weep and think again
This Is Where I Am is subtle, compassionate and completely gripping. It's the best kind of page-turner, one where you race through to the end because you can't bear to abandon the characters. Wonderful
Fans of The Other Hand will enjoy this heartbreaking yet uplifting tale which solves the heartbreaking mystery