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As a single parent of four/three I can relate (one died of suicide). But my grandma (a jew from Odessa, forced to leave for America in the early 1900s) went through precisely this. She was Hattie, and lived a Hattie life. The good news is, all worked out well in her case. All of her children survived and thrived through that migration. I can't say the same for my own.

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I am excited about reading The Unsettled. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Oh! Will read on my longhaul flight this weekend

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I just finished reading… listening to this and the 12 Tribes of Hattie. I can’t say I’m sorry for having read both books, but I will share how absolutely dismal and tragic they were. I know not everyone is concerned with writing about Black Joy, but damn. Our lives aren’t one trauma after another and we, generally speaking, create joyful moments to keep us strengthened when trauma or change does come.

Great writing and storytelling. Characters are memorable but also interchangeable… is that a thing?

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