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I've Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy


This book is a beautiful letter written to David Chariandy's 13 year old daughter. It begins with him reflecting back on an incident that happens when he is with his daughter ten years earlier. Chariandy shares stories about his heritage, family history and hopes for his daughter's future. Because of racism, bigotry and prejudice that exists in the world, Chariandy wants to arm his daughter for what she will come face to face with.


Through sharing his own stories and his parent's stories, themes of belonging, and being estranged in your own country emerge. As a Canadian, I know that we often think we are inclusive and welcoming and while that may be true to an extent, there are many ways that this is not the case. Chariandy and his family are a prime example. Many of the stories tugged at the heart and stuck with me.


Ultimately, I would call this a father's love letter to his daughter, acknowledging her strengths and offering guidance about difficult topics that she may face. By his generosity, Chariandy

shares these words with his readers as well. There is something in this compact novel for everyone.


Bookworm Rating: 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛

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