What I assumed to be a quirky title The Life Of A Banana was what attracted me to this book, but to refer to it as ‘quirky’ is so wrong; this is a touching, funny yet sometimes harrowing narrative. This is a book that clearly reminds us that we cannot stereotype or assume that we know what other people are going through. It is one I feel everyone must read; it is beautiful, witty but at times uneasy.
The novel is called The Life Of A Banana as it tells the story of Xing Li, a 12-year-old girl of Chinese heritage that is born and brought up in the UK; what some Chinese people call a banana – yellow on the outside and white on the inside. When her Mother dies in a freak accident, Xing Li is taken to live with her Grandma; a strict, domineering and sometimes brutal woman.
Re-publication date of The Life Of A Banana: 1 June 2018.