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Son of Two Mothers has a sweeping historical backdrop that spans WW II, The Sino-Japanese War, and countries that include Jamaica, China and Canada. But above all, it remains an intensely personal book.
Sherwin Tony Chong was borne of two mothers and two lands, never quite belonging in any one place.
It is a landmark work, giving voice to a unique people that have helped to forge a nation. The themes are universal: The need for a mother’s love, the quest for identity, the power of forgiveness.
It is tempting to compare Son of Two Mothers to Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes or to Jung Chang’s Wild Swans. It certainly contains elements of both: The grinding poverty set against key moments in history, the need to understand who we are even in the twilight of our lives.
It is a simply told tale, and at times a heart breaking memoir, that resonates with truth from someone who has never pretended to be anything but his unvarnished self.
In doing so, it transports the reader into a distinct time, place and culture that as evidenced by the Jamaican coat of arms, is truly out of many one people.
The Toronto Star
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1502525224