** The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou

The Lights of Pointe-Noire is a memoir of a Congolese writer, elegantly written as flashbacks from a visit back home, decades after he left. As visitors come and go (and request monetary gifts from the man who went away, hence must be rich), he remembers his school, his mother, his polygamous father, and colonial history. I wonder how he felt going “home” after his visit to a world so different from the Los Angeles where ne now lives.

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