Shame on you

It’s ironic, no
that the women who fight the hardest
are the ones who get bitten back the hardest.

It’s ludicrous, no
that while fighting for gender equality
someone can slap you with mockery, harassment, it’s all fun and games
No.

You can’t define us by shapes and curves exposed
No
You cannot.

Emma Watson made an inspiring speech to the UN this week and it has been all over every media outlet. This morning, when I Googled Emma I was bombarded with threats that hackers had made to expose her in the most heinous of ways. Shame on you. Shame on you for trying to break her, shame on you for trying to break any woman, shame on you for objectifying, belittling and oppressing women, any woman in that way.

Tana French : Amazing, riveting and like nothing I’ve ever read before

I read In the Woods last year and I was immediately curious about Tana French. Then, I read The Likeness and I was head over heels in love with her writing style, the setting, the characters but most of all her ability to make the reader feel what the characters were feeling. She describes characters and events with a poignancy that cannot be matched.

I just started reading The Secret Place and I am already dying to get back into my bed so I can read, read, read. Stay tuned for my review!

419 by Will Ferguson

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An elderly man drives off of a bridge.

A young man swindles a faceless person out of hundreds and thousands of a dollars.

A country is ravaged by oil greedy humans.

I’ve read my fair share of novels over the years and so I don’t say this lightly but this book got to me in a way that no other book has before. A few days after beginning the novel I found myself checking the news. At first I couldn’t figure out what I was looking for and then I realized that I was looking for 419.

419 is a real term used to describe an Internet scam where individuals, in this case from Nigeria, would contact people in America and other countries saying that they are a refugee in need of assistance, the daughter of an assassinated political figure in need of help or something else along these lines. The individuals in Nigeria would then go on to say that they have a large sum of money they are willing to transfer over if the person will just help them. In the end, there is no large sum of money and instead the person is swindled out of hundreds and thousands of dollars.

In the novel, Laura Curtis is devastated to learn that before his death her father had been a victim of 419. He sent all of his money to Nigeria thinking that he was saving a young woman from an awful fate but instead his money and everything he held dear was taken away. Now, with the house in foreclosure and the weight of her fathers death on her shoulders, Laura embarks on a journey to uncover the truth about 419 and the people who stole her fathers life.

The story weaves in and out between Laura’s perspective and that of a young man and woman in Nigeria. The author does a stunning job of bringing the characters together and tying in the different aspects of the 419 scheme, the turmoil in Nigeria and the individual struggle to be something, someone, anyone.

What struck me the most about this book was the level of detail. The author, although he has never actually been to Nigeria, does a phenomenal job describing the living conditions, the people and the food. At times I felt I could see the marketplace stands, smell the oil burning on the river, see the feral children digging for treasure.

This novel is amazing in so many ways and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a deep, meaningful read.