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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Long Road Home is a heartbreaking biographical account by Ella Anderson, whose brother lost his life under mysterious circumstances. Growing up in an unstable home with a drunk, PTSD-ridden father and a neglectful mother, Ella and her siblings had to learn to care for themselves. After a period of living in an orphanage, Ella gradually starts to hold her own. But her younger brother, Robby, becomes increasingly discontent, leading him to seek fulfillment through other vices. As the years go by, Robby transforms from someone indulging in petty crimes to a habitual criminal in and out of jail. Alongside his drug habits, his prison stints get him involved with dangerous members of the Mexican cartel, who he struggles to shrug off his entire life.
A tragic tale of systematic racism, a dysfunctional judicial system, bad parenting, and corrupt law enforcement, The Long Road Home is a relevant and insightful look at one of the gross injustices of recent years. Author Ella Anderson lays bare her life story with an unrestrained flair and a hard-hitting and impactful narrative that keeps hold of you from start to finish. Robby's life story breaks your heart and makes you question the legitimacy of the American law enforcement agencies and the judiciary at a fundamental level. The fact that instead of trying to help Robby recover during his last moments, the paramedics and doctors were trying to save their own skin tells you all. This is a must-read for our current times.