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We are focusing on sisterhood and female bonds in literature from April – June. This book is perfect, once more, in highlighting mother-daughter bonds.
Written by Nhung N. Tran-Davies Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
Published by Second Story Press (2018)
ISBN: 1772600563 (ISBN13: 9781772600568). Book was borrowed from the NIE Library. Book photos taken by me.
I read this book last year and re-read it again this year for our current reading theme, and its beauty and strength have not diminished for me. Here, the reader gets to know the forged bonds between mother and daughter who are depicted to be experiencing impoverished conditions.
The daughter acknowledges her mother’s “calloused and blistered” feet, and her “coarsened and scratched” hands, and her back bent “under the weight of your work.” The daughter, witnessing her mother’s pain, declares that she will stay with her mother. Her mother, however, states: “Ten cents a pound is what I’ll earn to buy these books and set you free.”
It is a moving depiction of the sacrifice each one is willing to make to provide help and assistance to each other. The story becomes even more moving when one reads the jacketflap and sees that the author is a physician and social justice advocate whose family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam in 1979.
This is a moving story that signifies a mother’s dream for her child, and the child’s determination to succeed to ensure that her mother’s sacrifice is not in vain.
Though it be far, where the road winds high and low, I will come home to you, by and by. I will come home to you, Mama, By and by.
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#WomenReadWomen2019: Nhung N. Tran-Davies is originally from Vietnam – both author and illustrator are based in Canada.