Monday, July 13, 2015

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon

X: A NovelX: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

X is the fictional retelling of the early life of Malcolm X with his daughter and stellar, Kekla Magoon. Thoroughly researched using his diaries and writings, the reader meets Malcolm as a six year old when he loses his father. This incident is pivotal in his later development and the reader learns about his disillusionment with his parent's uplifting "you can do anything" talks. We follow Malcolm as he flees his home in Flint and lives in Boston and New York, totally absorbed in the high life and hustles, along with drugs, dating a white woman and burglary, which lands him in jail. I could not put this book down; the time period Malcolm lived in was rife with racism; he came from a solid family but his parents convictions resulted in Malcolm's downfall and running away from the love and support of his family. It was his time in prison, writing to his family, and embracing Islam that mark a turning point in his life to become the leader of his people. Please read this book and join me in discussing this highly readable historical fiction book on Twitter with #2jennsbookclub on 7/30 at 8pm EST.

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