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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Is there a connection between the hurricanes that originate off the West Coast of Africa and the slave trade to the Americas? Is it possible angry, restless spirits have created problems for those who participated in slavery and their descendants? CP Patrick’s gripping storytelling in The Truth about Awiti explores these thought-provoking questions. The first story begins with Awiti, a special girl growing up with a loving family in a close-knit, supportive African village. Her pleasant life ends when white men ravage the village and kidnap many to become slaves. She never sees her family again, but finds solace with a handsome lover – a man who exchanges his immortality for her mortality. Consumed with an infinite anger, Awiti shows her rage in various ways over the centuries.
This book includes an excellent historical exploration of the ongoing, horrific effects of slavery and racism. While many books concentrate on slavery on plantations, very few address the long lasting effects in Africa. Beginning in the 1600s and ending with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, CP Patrick supplies the reader with a comprehensive understanding of slavery, the misuse of power, and the effects of insatiable greed. CP Patrick also introduces a spiritual belief system that may be unfamiliar to most. However, many cultures do believe agitated spirits are unable to move forward in the afterlife and continue to haunt the lands where they suffered incredible torture and death. Patrick interweaves historical facts with the spiritual aspects in a most intriguing way. This book is simply compelling – you will never forget it.