Cafe Babanussa

Cafe Babanussa

A Novel

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A moving portrait of a young woman's experience of life, love, and the shifting tides of mental health in 1980s era Berlin. A young mixed-race woman travels from Canada to Germany to start her life anew. Ruby Edwards throws herself into the shifting social and political sinews of 1980s-era West Berlin. Here, Ruby finds love and new challenges, striving to discover the person she was meant to be. But the highs become too high and the lows too low, and Ruby finds herself plunged into the depths of mental illness. With courage and determination, Ruby again and again pulls herself back from the brink and revels in what matters most to her - her family, her community and her own individuality. Inspiring and heart-rending, this is an engrossing, deftly crafted novel by a voice that was lost to us all too soon as the author passed away in 2014.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781443438926
Characteristics: xix, 343 pages ;,21 cm.


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Sep 07, 2016

Unfortunately the novel is not very well written. What brings Karen Hill's story to life and makes the book worth reading are the foreword by her brother, author Lawrence Hill, and her 25-page essay at the end, "On Being Crazy."
Strongly recommended in coming to an understanding of mental illness.

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