Review: Mother Country by Jacinda Townsend
Author: Jacinda Townsend
Publisher: GrayWolf Press
Publishing date: May 3, 2022
Tags: Women fiction, African and African American literature
The novel “Mother Country” by Jacinda Townsend is an excellently crafted work that portrays the story of two mothers, hailing from different corners of the world, whose lives become intertwined due to their shared child. With an artful use of language, Townsend has created a deeply moving narrative that captures the reader’s imagination from the very first page.
The protagonist, Shannon, is a young woman whose life has been marked by tragedy and hardship. But when she meets a man who proposes marriage and a new life in Morocco, she takes a chance on happiness, only to discover a young girl in need of care. Townsend expertly weaves together the stories of Shannon and the child’s biological mother, Souria, whose journey to Morocco is fraught with danger and exploitation.
What makes “Mother Country” truly exceptional is Townsend’s ability to create vivid and relatable characters who are both flawed and admirable. Souria’s story, in particular, is both heart-wrenching and inspiring, as she displays incredible strength and resilience in the face of unimaginable hardship.
From start to finish, “Mother Country” is a breathtaking tour de force that will leave you breathless. Townsend’s use of language is simply masterful, and the emotional depth of the characters is truly remarkable. This is a must-read for anyone who loves literary fiction and wants to be transported to a world of beauty, tragedy, and hope.