Recommended by Michelle D.:
"How to Find Home" by Mahsuda Snaith
I was personally intrigued by the Wizard of Oz style premise – especially transporting the ‘Oz journey’ to Nottingham to Skegness! Couldn’t resist!
How to Find Home tells the story of Molly, a young homeless woman, who sets off on a Wizard of Oz style journey from Nottingham to Skegness. There are some dark and challenging themes, which are handled with sensitivity and insight, but there are moments of real joy, hope and heartfelt emotion.
As well as simply a compelling read with some brilliantly brought to life characters, this is also an important book; giving voice to a community who are often unheard. I don’t think I’ve read a book that tackles homelessness like this before. And for me, it did one of the most important jobs a story can - it enabled me to walk in the shoes of characters from a very different, and much harder, world than my own, and left me with a deeper – and humbling - understanding.
I felt the book was particularly resonant this year; it explores the idea of ‘home’ and what that means to different people, it asks us to empathise with characters who are often overlooked, and despite the grittiness of their situations - which are depicted so well - there is always hope and humour to be found.
Borrow now . . .