No place to call home : a novel

by Bola, J. J.,

Format: Print Book [2018]
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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A tale of love, loss, identity, and belonging, No Place to Call Home tells the story of a family who fled to the United Kingdom from their native Congo to escape the political violence under the dictator, Le Maréchal. The young son Jean starts at a new school and struggles to fit in. An unlikely friendship gets him into a string of sticky situations, eventually leading to a suspension. At home, his parents pressure him to focus on school and get his act together, to behave more like his star-student little sister.

As the family tries to integrate in and navigate modern British society while holding on to their roots and culture, they meet Tonton, a womanizer who loves alcohol and parties. Much to Jean's father's dismay, after losing his job, Tonton moves in with them. He introduces the family--via his church where colorful characters congregate--to a familiar community of fellow country-people, making them feel slightly less alone. The family begins to settle, but their current situation unravels and a threat to their future appears, while the fear of uncertainty remains.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Teenage Jean and his family Mami, Papa, and younger sister Marie are recent refugees from the Congo living in North London. The new boy at school, Jean struggles to fit in, becoming best friends with a free-spirited boy named James, who will manage to get himself and Jean as collateral damage suspended. Otherwise their friendship is a quiet one, as is the life of Jean's family, though always overshadowed by the fear of being deported. Much of the book is told in flashbacks as it records the younger lives of Mami and Papa, their courtship, Papa's studying in Brussels, and, ultimately, their flight from their home in Kinshasa in the wake of the terrible dangers caused by increasing political unrest. The author's style is highly descriptive, rich in simile and metaphor, and laced with words and phrases in Lingala, adding verisimilitude to the plot. Although set in the 1980s, the book is exceedingly timely, speaking to the condition of refugees today, of people like Jean who are urgently searching for a home. But will they find it?--Cart, Michael Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Refugees -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Congolese (Democratic Republic) -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :[2018]
Language English
Description 286 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781628728873
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