I call it lovely coz it's an absolutely heart-warming and heart-touching book, the perfect book to cosy up to. I've just begun reading it and should review it here soon, so stay tuned.
For now, here's what the cover jacket says:
A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK AT BEDTIME
'One of the most powerful novels I've read in a long time,' HELEN WALSH
Glasgow. A city of colour and contrast. A place where two worlds collide - and are changed for ever.
When recently widowed Deborah Maxwell is assigned by the Scottish Refugee Council to act as mentor to Abdi Hassan, a Somali refugee, the two are drawn into an awkward friendship.
As Deborah opens Abdi's eyes to her beloved city and its people, he teaches her about the importance of family - and of laying your ghosts to rest. All Abdi has brought with him is his four-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who lives in a silence no one can reach.
Until one day Rebecca starts talking. And they realise why she had stopped.
Tender, eye-opening and unforgettable, This Is Where I Am is a novel of loss and guilt, friendship and hope, and of what we can grow from the ashes of the past.
A WOMAN FEELING THE SHADOW OF HER PAST
A MAN BUILDING A FRAGILE FUTURE IN AN UNKNOWN LAND
A LITTLE GIRL WHOSE SECRET WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING
'I could accept the sun had left us, but I struggled to understand where the moon was. At home, the moon and stars are so big, you can see by them, work by them through the night. Only thin glimmers here, cold specks in the muddy sky.'
KAREN CAMPBELL is a graduate of Glasgow University's renowned Creative Writing Masters. and author of The Twilight Time, After The Fire, Shadowplay and Proof of Life. A former police officer, and council PR, Karen Campbell won the Best New Scottish Writer Award in 2009. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.
- Debolina Raja Gupta