Unexpected America by Wanjiru Warama

February 27, 2017

unexpected america coverDuring his political campaign, the new President of the United States said: “We’ll make America great again”. This sentence was also the slogan who led President Donald Trump to win the presidential election. This sentence includes a great dream, namely a better life and a better future in the United States, a great Country, really, which people always regarded as the home of freedom and democracy. How many times, people dreamt to flee the United States looking for a new job and a new life and above all, how many people hoped to escape poverty and misery relocating to the US? Many times, surely. Behold, this is a book about this dream, this is an excellent memoir about an American dream broken very soon. This is “Unexpected America“, the biographical book written by Wanjiru Warama, an African author who studied in an American School in Kenya and that, years ago, made an important decision: go to the United States. Yes, she was a migrant, one among tons of migrant who every day get on board of unsafe ships to go to Europe, especially in Italy, maybe near the Sicilian coasts.

However, the author was much more courageous: she wanted to go to the US to take a break from her family’s unrealistic demands for assistance and society’s poor treatment of women. By using the savings of her poor family in Kenya, the author goes the US and attends the American university. Simultaneously, she must work as a housekeeper and babysitter to earn a living and stay in America. It is just at work that the author discovers a dreadful truth about America: this Country is not only democracy and freedom, but also prejudice, racism and abuse against helpless and poor people, especially black migrant people. Before going to America, the author is indeed unaware the demons that await her in the US. From the first day, she realizes she has to learn to live all over again in a new culture she knows nothing about. Her first job experience turns into a nightmare, the couple of American parents who hired her as a baby sitter, treats her not like a human being, but like an object, up to the point that she is denied to eat regular meals. With a great writing, the author explains that he lived the bad experience of food shortage in Kenya, there, mothers give a small amount of food to their children due to a real shortage, while in America, her employers gave her a small amount of meals to humiliate and make her feel as a slave.

The author is, fortunately, a great woman and soon leaves this awful job to get a new one at another American family, where she endures similar humiliations. And so, with loneliness and despair as her only companions, the author endures everything, while money runs out and the fear grows. Unexpected America is a memoir who readers must absolutely know, buy and read, this is the book of the truth, where an African woman tells about her life and her broken American dream, where America becomes only a distant mirage, where her Savior, “Mr. Savior” becomes not only her Savior, but her lover and abuser. Unexpected America is the book of the year, a real memoir, a masterpiece of biographical literature, a heartfelt and poignant confession about the cruelty and harshness of life. This book is also a sharp accusation against the hypocrisy of the American capitalism and against those who exploit  people. It is, at last, a call to really live a better life founded on love and respect.

Wanjiru-WaramaAbout The Author: Wanjiru Warama was born and raised in British colonial Kenya. Her parents were peasant laborers on a farm owned by a British farmer in the Rift Valley. They were illiterate. Unexpected America is Wanjiru’s first book in a series of memoirs starting from her life in the United States.

Official website: http://www.wanjiruwarama.com/





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