Welcome to my Nightstand post, which has become my monthly wrap-up of what I’ve read since last time. There were lots of books read this month, many of them really good, but one definitely stood out to me and so I wanted to share it with as many people as possible.
Escaping the Twilight by Sigrid Weidenweber is a novel with a serious and sensitive topic at its center, namely female genital mutilation . The author is an anthropologist who has studied the subject matter extensively and uses her knowledge of this practice to inform her writing. And it shows – in a good way. The story has both substance and depth without being at all boring or pedantic.
I was completely drawn into the world of the main character, Amina, as she tells the story of her life thus far. Although Amina is still a relatively young woman as she is narrating her tale, it is stunning to realize how much pain and difficulty she has been through already.
I would strongly encourage you to check out this book. It captivated me from the very beginning and held my interest all the way through. Although the story rests on a very detailed account of her experiences and thoughts, which is usually more difficult for me to read than an action-driven novel, I was so fascinated that I never felt like putting it down.