@sissaylemn’s memoir is beautiful and totally heart-breaking 💔.
My Name is Why details Sissay’s childhood in care. He narrates his youth with documents from ‘the Authority’ to whom he belonged for the first 18 years of his life. With real letters and reports, the memoir is deeply personal and shows the alarming neglect and disregard for a child who just wants to be loved.
From dysfunctional foster parents to children’s homes to what can only be described as incarceration, Lemn Sissay’s upbringing was traumatic and inconsistent. This book reveals Sissay’s strength and character leaving no doubt as to his incredible poetry skills, but it also reveals a more sinister and dark side to those organisations, systems and, ultimately, people who are entrusted with society’s most vulnerable.
A brilliant book ❤️📚