Wednesday, July 8, 2009
A Worthy Legacy by Tomi Akinyanmi
From the back of the book:
The Harmattan wind scorches across Nigeria, and an old man lies dying. His community gathers to pay its respects; their haunting songs echoing in the warm twilight. Around his bed his family is gathered and they listen as he speaks his last words.
I was truly impressed by Tomi's writing! She took one incident in the life of a young woman and wove this beautiful tale around it.
It's the story of a grandfather leaving a legacy to his granddaughter in the form of words that she will carry with her for the remainder of her own life. He offers her advice from his years of experience and from his perspective.
Although the words are meant for all who are listening, she takes them into her own heart. Then, she discovers a special letter he left only for her to see.
In the hands of any other author, this book may have turned out to be ordinary or even mundane. However, Tomi presents the words in a very unique and striking way that they feel like she is talking directly to the reader and sharing something very special and personal.
I enjoyed this book and I know you will, too.