Book Review: Tracking the Scent of My Mother

 

Review

Nominated for the 2006 Caine Prize, Tracking the Scent of My Mother is a short, hilarious, easy read written by Muthoni Garland. I read this book in one sitting. I loved how she vividly described the surrounding environments of the protagonist in her narrative such that as a reader you felt as if you were experiencing life with her.

The book is a story of a young girl whose mother is her greatest influence. She struggles to find her and in the quest to find her she encounters a myriad of challenges and barriers. Some of the themes that stood out for me in this short and coming of age read were sexual violence and abuse.

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