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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
In Almost Full Circle: From Montserrat to Canada and Back-ish, Jacqueline Greer Graham takes readers back to her Caribbean roots, her youth in Montserrat, and her time in Canada with her mother and stepfather. She remembers the wonderful and positive experiences she had as a youngster, like being brought up by her grandmother to be independent, taking part in vibrant Caribbean festivals and cultural events, and seeing snow for the first time in Canada. Her account includes heartbreaking details of sexual predators, domestic abuse, and the destructive Montserrat volcanoes. When she went to Montserrat years later, she saw that the volcanic activity had drastically transformed the island from what she recalled as a youngster. The profound lessons and lovely memories she got from her youth in the area, on the other hand, would stay with her long after natural calamities had transformed its physical structure.
Almost Full Circle by Jacqueline Greer Graham simply blew me away! This smart, incisive, and highly visual tale has opened my eyes to the commonalities between African and Caribbean civilizations. The novel's setting in the 1970s and 1980s is defined by nostalgia for a simpler time, as well as the fragility and preservation of the link to the past. This is a fascinating book that not only recounts a story but thanks to her great writing talents also displays Jacqueline's indomitable spirit. We can see how her abuse, adversity, and scarcity of resources molded her into a stronger person, similar to how butterflies go from caterpillars slowly plodding and crawling to butterflies smoothly and attractively soaring about. This book will appeal to anybody looking for a well-written, historically grounded memoir with a Caribbean and African theme. Words cannot fully express how I feel. You must experience it for yourself!