Black Dove - Mama, Mi'jo, and Me Book
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The strengths, wounds, and ensuing struggles of embattled identities (bisexual, working class, feminist, artist) that have shaped Castillo’s life are present in the stories she tells in Black Dove, and also in how she tells them.
When Ana Castillo witnesses her own son's spiralling adulthood and eventual incarceration, she describes a scene that could be any mother's worst nightmare.
But in the US, it is a nightmare especially reserved for mothers like her. In Black Dove, she looks at what it means to be a single, brown, feminist parent in a world of mass incarceration, racial profiling and police brutality.
Through startling humour and love, Castillo narrates some of America's most heated political debates and urgent social injustices through the lens of motherhood.