If you follow me on Instagram you know I LOVE BOOKS. You will also know that I’m a big fan of Dorothy Koomson novels. Prior to having children I often browsed the adult fiction shelves at the public library and I saw Dorothy’s books. I never borrowed one though. I always went for the other authors I liked at the time, trying someone new didn’t come easily. Then one month I read Dorothy’s interview in Black Beauty magazine, in 2013, around the time that The Ice Cream girls, the mini TV adaptation to her book by the same name was due to come out. Thoroughly enjoyed the interview. I could not get to the to the book shop fast enough. Then I saw the miniseries of The Ice Cream girls on ITV1. I enjoyed it at the time. Though, I was disappointed to learn that it was not totally true to the book. I had my copy of The Woman He Love Before signed by Dorothy at that event, which was hosted by Southwark Libraries for Black History Month 2013. I’ve been following Dorothy via social media since then. However, it was not until November 2015 at Tower Hamlets Write Idea Festival that I would meet her again. I had my copy of That Girl From Nowhere. Little did I know it would lead to me spending a day with Dorothy and book lovers to chat about her book and lunch together. Lunching and chatting with Dorothy Koomson was an awesome opportunity that was more than I could have dreamed of.
I sometimes tweet my vexation with one of her characters, to Dorothy. I want her to know when she’s making me cry or cross. I remember saying to a friend once that Dorothy writes about the stage of life we are at. I would say her books are likely to be more relatable to the 25+ year’s readers. Her characters have lived. They have life-long secrets. Readers with a certain amount of mileage will find it enthralling; the life challenges that Dorothy throws at her protagonists. They may not know anyone with lives like the characters but they will certainly relate to the frustrations, hurts and passions which people of that age group will experience. She’s the only author I can think of (I’m not saying are no others) who focuses on the characters personality and nuisances before ethnicity is revealed. At first I found it frustrating not knowing but now I value it. It’s all about the character’s journey. What they look only comes into it as far as that in itself affects their life journey.
That Girl From Nowhere is Dorothy Koomson’s 10th book. It was a top 5 Sunday Times bestselling hardback. It’s an ‘emotional thriller’ about family, family secrets, mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters. The reader will ponder the question ‘is blood thicker than water?’ That Girl From Nowhere also explores interracial adoption. From the first page I was hooked and shed real tears with and for Clem.
‘Clemency Smittson has always know she was adopted but the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now and adult with a broken relationship behind her, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton where she was born.’
That Girl From Nowhere is undoubtedly one to read. I’m not just saying that. It will take you through a range of emotions. Please take look and listen to what I and other Dorothy fans think about the book. We also are special memories.
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