Maame (ma-meh) has many meanings in the West African African language Twi, but in this book, it means woman. Maddie is a Ghanaian who lives in London and the primary person who takes care of her ailing father, who suffers from an advanced stage of Parkinsons disease. Her mother can't be bothered while she lives her life in Africa, as though she has no children, no a dying husband. Just like her mother, her brother leaves her to take care of their father as he lives his life worry free. Maddie works at a publishing company and the only Black girl there. Just like her personal life, those at work take advantage of her until she finally speaks up for herself. Then comes Sam, and their relationship blossoms, and he encourages her to speak up for herself at work and with her family. Maddie tells her mother to call her by her name and to stop calling her Maame. She despises the name/word because her mother had been calling her a woman since she's been a little girl, and tacked on the responsibilities with it. When Maddies father passed he left only her 50 thousand pounds, and her mother was shocked. She assumed she would het some, but her father knew who took care of him. This story is a prime example of how families can expect one to do all the work and, in the end, want recognition. It also addressed familial duty, racism, female pleasure, love, the power of friendship, how important boundaries are, and what it feels like to be torn between 2 homes and cultures and finally being able to fond where you belong and speaking up for yourself. #Book3of2023 #BookWorm #Whatsnext
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