Written by Terry Farish
Published by Skyscape
In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola’s strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family’s journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace of the local Southern Sudanese Community, she dreams of South Sudan while she tries to navigate the strange world of America – a world where a girl can wear a short skirt, get a tattoo or even date a boy; a world that puts her into sharp conflict with her traditional mother who, like Viola, is struggling to braid together the strands of a displaced life. Terry Farish’s haunting novel is not only a riveting story of escape and survival, but the universal tale of a young immigrant’s struggle to build a life on the cusp of two cultures.
Available As: Paperback
Young Adult, Age 14 or older
Community Represented: South Sudanese/South Sudanese American
Themes: Cross-Group Friendship, Family Relationship: Parents, Generational Differences: Dating, Loss of Childhood, Multiracial Identity, Refugee Journey, Refugee: Sexual Violence, Refugee: War/Conflict, Religious Background: Christian
Setting: South Sudan (Juba), Egypt, United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Written with Cultural
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