I met Djamila Ibrahim at the 2018 OLA Super Conference when she signed a copy of her book for me. She told us that her book is a collection of stories told to her by the immigrants to Canada that she had met in her line of work. As a person who was not born in Canada, I was interested to read the stories of others who had crossed the seas to experience life in another country.
Things Are Good Now is a collection of short stories based on the experiences of men, women and children who find themselves in a country far-removed from the experience of their homeland. Their Canadian experience is referred to in their story but the book focuses on snapshots of the experience these people had in the North African countries of their birth.
I found the stories interesting – some more interesting than others. Some of the experiences of being in a strange country resonated with me as I had experienced those feelings myself. What I hadn’t experienced was the refugee experience which so many of the stories subtly refer to. Ibrahim paints a picture for us of a life and of decisions made with no judgement; a picture which helps the reader to understand the choices that a person may make. I enjoyed reading this collection, and it is one that I will pass onto my children to read.
I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐️⭐ 4 stars.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 44th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)