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Departure Story

Rowana Abbensetts-Dobson

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Book Description

Departure Story is the debut novel from writer, editor & founder of Spoken Black Girl, Rowana Abbensetts-Dobson. In this harrowing coming of age tale, Abbensetts explores the many dilemmas that come up for a Black woman immigrant finding her voice and searching for community in the American midwest. The book poses questions about identity, politics, mental health, and sexuality while addressing the cultural taboos and stigmas that reinforce generational trauma.

Book Review

Loved it! So so good. Such great imagery and so many standout lines. I had so much fun following Celestine’s journey and I’d definitely recommend this read to anyone! A shining representation of Black Girl Magic!


Black Voices, Teen & Young Adult, General Fiction

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