Jo’S Book Review – Becoming Assiya by Simran Keshwani 

Becoming Assiya is the story of a misplaced Syrian refugee and her trial with a past of Blood, wounds, War, Doubt and Hatred and the troublesome Hope of a better tomorrow. The woman’s journey encompasses through the landscape of Wartime Syria, through her mother’s journal and the rebuilding of a Post War identity for a land washed with blood, and what it meant to be alive, stuck in the middle with No Identity. Identity and Struggle, two complex concepts intermingle in this book and intersect at a common point, that of finding yourself.

 


Becoming Assiya is a gorgeous yet heart wrenching story about war and it’s ravages and how everyone especially women suffer through it. It talks about a young girl and her story, woven into the Syrian war.

Although I found the book a little hard to read initially, because of its style of writing, but soon I was engrossed into it and developed a deep bond with Assiya.

Assiya is someone with a voice. Her struggles and ordeals felt real. However I hoped the character was a little more defined and developed.

Overall, Becoming Assiya is a fantastic debut and I hope Simran Keshwani writes a lot in future.

Rating – 4.4/5

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