📚 Bookish Thoughts 💭 ⠀ 💬 ”To paraphrase a wise man – we should talk less about death and make love more.” ⠀ Dysfuncti…

📚 Bookish Thoughts 💭

💬 ”To paraphrase a wise man – we should talk less about death and make love more.”

Dysfunctional • Indelible • Honest

📚 A Broken People’s Playlist by Chimeka Garricks

💡 Synopsis:
A Broken People’s Playlist is a collection of short stories with underlying themes so beautifully woven that each story flows into the other seamlessly. From its poignant beginning in “Lost Stars” a story about love and it’s fleeting, transient nature to the gritty, raw musical prose encapsulated in “In The City”, a tale of survival set in the alleyways of the waterside. A Broken People’s Playlist is a mosaic of stories about living, loving and hurting through very familiar sounds, in very familiar ways and finding healing in the most unlikely places.

The stories are also part-homage and part-love letter to Port Harcourt (the city which most of them are set in). The prose is distinctive as it is concise and unapologetically Nigerian. And because the collection is infused with the magic of evocative storytelling, everyone is promised a story, a character, to move or haunt them.

❤️ Told completely in first person, this book explores many lives within a community of people. I especially enjoyed discovering and rediscovering the songs as I read. Each chapter opens with a song to set the tone and ease the reader emotionally into the rawness of the everyday from discovering love, to deception, infidelity, loss, family, values, identify, redemption, forgiveness, and more. There are so many relatable themes as there are reasons to cry. The point of view choice presents a unique way for the reader to sympathize even with the morally grey characters forcing you to see them as simply human rather than villainizing their actions.

💔 Many of the short stories in #ABrokenPeoplesPlaylist are seriously messed up. I mean dayummmmm I needed happy replenishment after this one! While I appreciated the rawness and honestly of the human condition, I should warn you all that the drama is strong with this one.

✨ Discover this title for yourself!

💋 xoxo,

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