Full Circle by Regina Timothy
4 Stars: Aftermath of 9/11
After the events of 9/11 as a New Yorker, I often felt the uneasiness of living in New York and watching a country changed with the majority buying into the narrative of the innocent nation attacked because of "our freedoms." A New York I felt no longer was the city I wanted to be in, what kept me sane was my friendship with others surviving the Big Apple. The underlining theme of Full Circle by Regina Timothy is friendship, and some of our friends may surprise us in our darkest state of being.
It has been eight years since the horrific attacks, and we pick up with Samia-Al-Sayyid a hardworking Iraqee immigrant who had to escape her homeland or face death by stoning because in the minds of barbarian being a victim of rape victim equals her being a seductive Jezebel, deserving death to restore family honor. Samia-Al-Sayyid days in post 9/11 brings hardship as she works for an unstable boss, faces acts of typical verbal American racism, this hit me as I was reading because I too witnessed this in the city of immigrants and felt shame. Her life is all about the wellbeing of her son, keeping him on the right track doing what a good single mother does. Aazim, her son is at a crossroad of his young life dealing with the aftermath of a school shooting and revenge; his journey had me thinking about those who prey upon vulnerable teenagers for their twisted means. I came away with the thought that being recruited to commit acts of terrorism is no different than someone recruiting kids to sell drugs. Regina Timothy created a strong and moral character within Samia-Al-Sayyid her conversations with her boss and friends hit home because it's real and as you get into the book you know tragedy will strike, will the central characters change for the better or will life will leave them bitter and worst?
Full Circle connects the lives and redemption of the central characters with friendship and the kindness we don't expect when times are bleak and desperate. The ending of the book wasn't from me but overall I highly recommend Full Circle by Regina Timothy.