Title: All the Colors We Will See: Reflections on Barriers, Brokenness and Finding Our Way
Author: Patrice Gopo
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Date: August 7, 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoirs & Biographies, Christian
All the Colors We Will See is a memoir written like an anthology of essays that trace Patrice Gopo’s memories as she wrangles with being a global citizen. She takes readers on a journey to various places that she has lived and how they have shaped her identity including Jamaica, Alaska, South Africa and Zimbabwe to when was she currently resides in the US.
Through the use of metaphors, Patrice recognises that the emergence of identity labels as a result of immigration and globalisation and the misconceptions that arise. She says:
“We come from people who shed things and acquire things and then shed some more. Accents, languages, food, nationalities. The things we overlook and think that we understand.”
This quote also takes me back to an instance where she offered to wash dishes at a White friend’s house when she was a missionary in Africa during her gap year. This lead to an uncomfortable conversation which she internally observes:
“Maybe his consistent cringeworthy sentiments stem from his experience working from people from himself. Perhaps he thinks his life demonstrates cultural savvy or, even worse, racial hipness. Having lived for a good chunk of time in this African country, he possibly could imagine he’s earned some kind of immunity from the pesky problems of racism”
Patrice is honest and refreshing in the way that she and her family handled situations including the fact she and her husband struggled to fit into a predominately Caucasian church in North Carolina. Nonetheless, she remains respectful.
Readers will enjoy her wit and lyrical writing. Though, it is marketed as a Christian book (and she does mention scripture here and there). It is can be enjoyed by people of all faiths who want additional insights into raising a multicultural family in the US or on being a global citizen.
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Note: This book was provided by the publisher via Netgalley but all opinions expressed are my own. A similar version was published earlier on Goodreads.