Originally born in Eritrea, Hannah was placed in an orphanage after her mother died during her birth. She was adopted at six months old by David Pool, a British academic, and she eventually joined him in England where she grew up in Manchester.
It was when she received a letter from her brother in Eritrea, while still at university, that she finally discovered her birth father was alive and that she had a family of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. But it was ten years before Hannah finally got a chance to meet a cousin who was living in London. That meeting proved to be the catalyst for arranging a visit to meet her Eritrean family.
Pool writes with searing honesty: about her conflicting sense of anger and guilt, towards both of her fathers; the duality of not fully belonging in either culture; the overwhelming sense of paralysis in the face of an emotional reunion; and with the bewildering sense of wanting to run away from what she has yearned for all her life.
This is powerful and honest. In turns emotional and thought-provoking.
I couldn't put it down.