Eight years after the 9/11 attacks, Samia-Al-Sayyid an Iraqi immigrant is living a quiet life in New York City after she fled her home to avoid imminent death.
She works hard for her cold, heartless, high-strung boss, loves her seventeen-years-old-son, and cherishes the close friendship she has formed with her best friend Susan.
Nothing can go wrong, or so she thinks – until the estranged brother she left back in Iraqi shows up on her door step. Then she finds herself in a cab, on her way to the hospital to identify her son, a terror suspect who has blown the city, and with it her boss’ husband, and her best friend’s son. With everything lost, she is forced to flee to Iraq where she confronts her past. Will she make peace with her past? Can she get forgiveness for all the damage she has caused?
Full Circle is a contemporary fiction tale of friendship, family, and hope. It explores the devastation of loss, the great capacity to forgive and the lengths our loved ones will go to protect us.
Now, you must be thinking this sounds completely different to what I normally review on this blog! Well you would be right, but I am trying to branch out a little, try new things. So when Regina Timothy approached me about reviewing her book, Full Circle, I thought I would dive in the deep end and review a contemporary fiction novel based off of some horrific events that have happened in the recent past.
Keep reading for my full review and some exciting news!
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 389 pages
Published: 24th December 2017 (CreateSpace)
Available Formats: Kindle and Paperback
I went into reading this novel quite nervous. I had never really gotten on well with contemporary fiction, especially those which address really hard hitting subjects, like 9/11. But I was determined to finish my first contemporary fiction novel, and I did. I’m glad I finished it. I quite enjoyed the characters, following how they developed during what must be some of the hardest moments of their lives.
Throughout the novel you follow several characters; Samia, Aazim, Sarah and Melissa for the majority. Each character experiences New York through different events, at one point we see each of their reactions with the same horrifying event. Between the four characters we see how they react to bullying, chronic illness, the realities of war, terrorism and a school shooting (trigger warning abound for this book). There are so many difficult situations being dealt with in this book it really starts to weigh on you by the time you are half way through.
Along with the character development the descriptions employed by the author are well written, detailing New York very well. The only aspect that kind of lets the book down for me is the dialogue. It feels too formal, too structured. It doesn’t read very natural, especially from the younger characters. It’s a shame really because it distracts from the better aspects of the novel. You will get into the story for a while then come across a piece of dialogue that’s a little jarring.
Overall I did enjoy reading Full Circle despite the negative aspects and I would recommend it for anyone to wants to read something serious, that will make you think about the various issues we are facing today. Just be warned that you will read about a variety of hard-hitting problems.
Before you go! I promised some exciting news at the end of this review. In the coming weeks I will be hosting a Q&A with the author of Full Circle Regina Timothy! Also she has offered a digital copy of the book as a prize for my first giveaway! All you have to do to sign up is to fill out this form.