The Dragons, The Giant, The Women by Wayétu Moore is one of the most incredible books that I've read in recent memory. There book covers so many different topics, starting as a war story and Moore's recollections of being a five-year-old during the first Liberian Civil War. While her mother was on a Fulbright scholarship in New York City, all hell broke out in her country as Charles Taylor led a rebel group to power.
But The Dragons, The Giant, The Women rapidly covers more ground than just a war and refugee story. It is a love story, in both that undying love of her parents separated by war while also confronting the struggle of finding love in the modern app dating world. It is an immigrant story, a story about belonging in a new country and confronting the racism found while growing up in Spring, TX. It is also a poignant story about family and how the story of a mother is part of the story of herself.
The memoir reads like fiction and you'll often have to remind yourself that it's Moore's real life, and the absolute mastery of language and style puts Moore at the top of her craft. For every copy of The Dragons, The Giant, The Women purchased on SA Flavor, $1 will be donated to local writing nonprofit Gemini Ink who's mission is to teach the craft of writing to people of all skill levels.
But don't take my word for it, here's praise for The Dragons, The Giant, The Women:
“Immersive, exhilarating. . . . This memoir adds an essential voice to the genre of migrant literature, challenging false popular narratives that migration is optional, permanent and always results in a better life.”—The New York Times Book Review
“In her bruising new memoir, Moore describes the perilous journey as well as her experience of being a black immigrant living in the American South. Through it all, she threads an urgent narrative about the costs of survival and the strength of familial love.”—TIME
“Moore’s narrative style shines, weaving moments of lightness into a story of pain and conflict, family and war, loss and reunion.”—Library Journal, starred review
“Building to a thrumming crescendo, the pages almost fly past. Readers will be both enraptured and heartbroken by Moore’s intimate yet epic story of love for family and home.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Formally dazzling yet coolly reflective prose makes for a refined memoir.”—Kirkus Reviews