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We Are The Scribes | Randi Pink | Book Review

Randi Pink has been on my author radar since earlier this year when I read Angel of Greenwood. I was completely captivated by the way that she wrote and knew I wanted to read more from her. So when We Are The Scribes became available on Netgalley, I was quick to request it. The premise of this newest novel is about a teenage girl who is visited by the ghost of Harriet Jacobs, an enslaved woman.

So first of all, I have a confession to make. Prior to this book, I had never heard of Harriet Jacobs. I have already borrowed the audiobook of her autobiography Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and am looking forward to listening to it. There are brief snippets of her story throughout We Are The Scribes but, her main focus is helping Ruth find her own voice.

Ruth is experiencing so many different emotions through out this story. First, she is trying to find her way through her grief from the loss of her older sister. Her sister loses her life being a political activist and protesting in the local park. This is a huge loss for Ruth and her entire family. Each of them are dealing with it in their own way and it is creating a break within their family.

As a reader, I could feel the pain coming off the page when the family shares a moment together. This pose is just so good! I empathized with all of characters and took note of all of the social commentary within their words and their actions. The social commentary is intertwined with the letters from Harriet Jackson which brings everything full circle. The families role in politics also allows for some really good social commentary.

We Are The Scribes has so many different levels to it. I really enjoyed how the layers built on one another and helped Ruth find her voice. She found her voice for expressing her thoughts and emotions for the past, present, and future. It really is beautifully done. And the character development is honestly top notch. I look forward to seeing what Randi Pink comes up with next!

Rating: 4 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


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