Title: Ismael and His Sisters
Author: Louise Stern
Page Count: 218
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.
I got this book as part of a book subscription box in which each delivery focussed on a different underserved area of diversity. In this one, it was all about the d/Deaf community, and indeed this book contains a bunch of deaf characters along with a diverse backdrop in the form of their Mayan village.
The plot basically follows what happens after Ismael flees his community after a fight and we take a look at the way in which wider society deals with deafness. The world isn’t built for people like Ismael, and indeed we can see just how scary the world is through his eyes (and ears).
It wasn’t the best book, but it wasn’t terrible either, and there were a few lines here and there that were beautifully written and which were enough to keep me reading. The same couldn’t be said of the other book I received, but then it was romance-heavy and so it wasn’t really my bag to begin with. All in all, it was a decent read and a decent subscription service.