A Home Away Fom Home
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A home away from home describes Marta Maretich. Marta was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. “I thought it was the best thing ever. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.”
“We had a different background. I always felt different - like we knew about a bigger world. When you spoke to people in Bakersfield, you were met often with incomprehension. They really didn't get it. There is something about being someone like me, where none of it is obvious. If we don't have a conversation, you'd never know. So you have to know me.” “I feel I spend a lot of my work trying to explain my life and get people to pay attention to its details. You can look at my life in a superficial way which is the tip of the iceberg. You can say, oh, she's just this girl from California, went to Berkeley, it's all fine.
But when you start picking it apart, nobody's life is really like that.” The Possibility of Lions”. It is a story about loss, love and the difficulty of finding a home in a changing world. The fictional book speaks about an American family, the McCall family, and they've always lived in Nigeria. The Biafra civil war comes in 1967 and they have to flee Nigeria as refugees and return to the United States, where they returned to a small town in San Joaquin Valley, California.