#BookReview – THE TRUTH ABOUT AWITI by CP Patrick


Historical Fiction

Published March 2015

There are books and characters that stay with you, lingering long after the story is complete, you’ve closed the cover, and placed the book on your shelf. Then there are those that haunt you, finding a place in your bones, moving through your blood, inhabiting a piece of your soul.


Through a series of interconnected stories, CP Patrick brilliantly weaves her historical narrative of the slave trade and its continued effects on people, society, and the human spirit. An incredibly powerful piece of fiction – so much so that many times I had to step away from it for a few days to let my body and mind recover from the horrors relayed – Awiti is also beautifully written, Patrick’s prose sometimes brutal, other times soothing, always enchanting.

Readers will come away from Awiti with comparisons to Tananarive Due and Octavia Butler, which is all good and true, but Patrick is her own woman and Awiti truly stands alone. Historical fiction is rarely my go-to genre, but Patrick is so skilled she manages to make you forget the “historical” aspect and simply get lost in her fiction, and what a world it is to get lost in.

Bravo! to Patrick and her pen. I cannot wait to see what she’s creating for us next.

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