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The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African and American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom The novel begins in suburban Minneapolis at the moment when seventeen year old Kollie Flomo begins to crack under the strain of his life as a Liberian refugee He's exhausted by being at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own Liberian family and community When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia. This was so hard to read but also so important I think my critiues are just that I wanted time with the characters but that also would ve been really painful There was also some historical context I didn t understand Some characters were called white but really weren t and some were called half caste I thought this was whiteblack when it was American BlackLiberian But yeah This was so heavy and so like lots of in depth ideas I had not considered combined with history I didn t even know I think I m mostly shaken that those in bondage could go on to commit the same atrocities to others It haunts me

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Dream Country

Ith their mother for Liberia where they're promised freedom and a chance at self determination by the American Colonization Society The Wrights begin their section by fleeing the whip and by its close they are then ones who wield it With each new section the novel uncovers fresh hope and resonating heartbreak all based on historical factIn Dream Country Shannon Gibney spins a riveting tale of the nightmarish spiral of death and exile connecting America and Africa and of how one determined young dreamer tries to break free and gain control of her destiny. This book will be our One Read in the fall and there is so much to discuss Racism slavery white supremacy the immigrant experience families generational repercussions and on and onAnd I am also excited our students will learn about the history of Liberia I feel so stupid that I knew nothing about how ex slaves from America horribly treated indigenous populations in Liberia and transformed that country Are we all doomed to exert power and damage over those we deem less than even if it s happened to us It s what we know and we re all continually doing itI m still thinking about these things and I m not articulating it all that well but again so much to think about and discuss with this book A great choice for a One Read

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To reform school the story shifts Like Kollie readers travel back to Liberia but also back in time to the early twentieth century and the point of view of Togar Somah an eighteen year old indigenous Liberian on the run from government militias that would force him to work the plantations of the Congo people descendants of the African American slaves who colonized Liberia almost a century earlier When Togar's section draws to a shocking close the novel jumps again back to America in 1827 to the children of Yasmine Wright who leave a Virginia plantation w. You all think you hate one another precisely because we don t about this stuff She sighed You done realize it yet but that is the real tragedy Not a name somebody got called Dream Country is a beautiful journey of one family woven throughout a tapestry of generations struggling with what freedom means to each of them Told through five perspectives spanning from the early 1800 s to the present we see the common threads of dreams identity and hope in each of their stories This is a journey of a family but it is also a journey through history both real and imagined It is a story of culture and how it evolves through generations It is a story of countries and how these larger struggles impact individuals living within themEach section is important to the rest showing that we are never fully immune to the conflicts of the past They scar us in ways that are sometimes both visible and invisible Each generation building on the lessons and night


9 thoughts on “Dream Country

  1. says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestI've said many times in my reviews that the YA genre needs to start taking risks For about a decade YA has been snowballing towards safe and stale Young adults are young adults and I personally think as a reader and a writer that we need to stop acting like teens an

  2. says:

    This was so hard to read but also so important I think my critiues are just that I wanted time with the characters but that also would’ve been really painful There was also some historical context I didn’t understand Some characters were

  3. says:

    DNF 23% I really wanted to like this book because it’s an important book it revolves around fictionalized stories that existed and deserve to be told I feel terrible for not being able to finish it for not sticking thro

  4. says:

    Great for a different perspective of the African experience in America it does explore a little know side of history the colonization of Liberia by Freed African American who left the USA in search of their ancestral home and how they ended up behaving in a way that reflected the reality that they suffered at the hand of the white plantations owners towards the native population of Liberia Very interesting topic for anyone interested in a c

  5. says:

    “You all think you hate one another precisely because we don’t about this stuff” She sighed “You done realize it yet but that is the real tragedy Not a name somebody got called”Dream Country is a beautiful journey of one family woven throughout a tapestry of generations struggling with what freedom means to each of them Told through five perspectives spanning from the early 1800’s to the present we see the co

  6. says:

    35 stars During the first few chapters of this book I did not think I would like it at all I totally believe that racism still exists in our schools but the stories of the modern day Minneapolis school seemed a bit unrealistic to me The thing that really tripped me up was the use of Brooklyn Center High School Why not use a fictional school since the events and characters in this book are fictional? BUT once Kollie’s story was

  7. says:

    This is an incredible story of a family impacted by the African diaspora The book is told in a non linear fashion as seen through the eyes of one of the contemporary members of the family We begin in today's Min

  8. says:

    This book will be our One Read in the fall and there is so much to discuss Racism slavery white supremacy the immigrant experience families generational repercussions and on and onAnd I am also excited our students will learn about the history of Liberia I feel so stupid that I knew nothing about how ex slaves from America horribly treated i

  9. says:

    Shannon Gibney’s second novel is flat out amazing It is raw and revealing and captivated me on every level