Let me be real. I’d never heard about ‘The Good Immigrant’. Unlike the hype behind ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ (which totally lived up to its expectations by the way*), this wasn’t something that was recommended to me nor was it constantly popping up on my social media feeds. In all honesty, I don’t understand why. Maybe I’m living under a rock and there was a hype and I missed it but genuinely, part of me feels like it should become part of the UK’s national curriculum. The messages relayed in every single narrative should be engrained into society. For every person of colour, it’s tearfully relatable. For the non-POC, it serves as a tool to educate; to open up minds into the struggles and thoughts of being BAME in British society.
What makes this book unique is the diversity of the writers and their individual styles of writing. It’s not the kind of book you read all in one go but I don’t think it was designed for that. At times, I admit I was finding it hard to get ‘into’. However, having read it all, I realised it was because of the heaviness of each chapter/essay. It’s not a light read and rightly so; these are real experiences and real thoughts. No lies. No censors. No holding back.
I genuinely recommend ‘The Good Immigrant’ as a read. It’s incredibly insightful but also as a female, Muslim POC living in Britain, I felt a connection to some of the writers. Regardless, everyone should read it. Hats off to Nikesh Shukla for editing and putting it together. I hope one day, this book gets the recognition it deserves.
*My guest post on When Breath Becomes Air on my friend Emily’s blog can be found here: https://booksbeautyandmovies.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/sunday-book-club-when-breath-becomes-air-by-paul-kalanithi/). She’s awesome and much more consistent at blogging than me. Definitely check her stuff out!