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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Selin Senol-Akin’s insightful work, Earth Up Your Roots, includes thought-provoking short stories, beautiful poetry, and a captivating play. The work examines how our roots affect who we are and how we can utilize the good in our heritage and grow. In the story “The Driver,” a cab driver picks up a distraught woman and her son who reconnect him with his traumatic childhood. A passionate, forbidden romance blossoms between a Turkish girl and an Armenian boy in 1915 in the story, “The Rose Moon.” The poems explore different themes including learning life lessons from past failures, rebirth, growing in confidence by knowing who one is, facing one’s flaws, and blossoming from them. In the play included, the lead character pays a hefty price for love and for trying to accomplish her dreams.
Earth Up Your Roots is a wonderful collection that makes you think about your roots, how they have held you back and how you can grow and appreciate the good aspects of your heritage. I found each story mesmerizing with themes that are relevant to anyone regardless of their background. The stories are poignant but still carry hopeful and inspiring messages. The poems are striking and expressed with eye-catching words. They precisely capture the themes they portray. I also loved that the work utilizes different styles. Each piece is unique, imaginative, and engrossing. Earth Up Your Roots is an incredible work made up of heart-stirring, skillfully-written pieces. It embodies important, powerful lessons that readers will learn and find inspiration from. Highly recommended.