The Adoption contrasts Kalkidane’s and her siblings’ stormy paths through adolescence as they go through puberty and seek power in their different worlds. Kalkidane yearns for the culture she was snatched from and is torn by her “privilege.” Her Ethiopian siblings, growing up in severe poverty, fight a hard survival game to get an education and to avoid patriarchy, tribalism and harmful traditional practices; one narrowly avoids becoming a prostitute, while the other indentures herself to an abusive employer in Dubai. Kakidane’s brother joins a tribe of street kids, and later becomes a leader of a nonviolent movement, The Army of Love, protesting the jailing of journalists and the Ethiopian military’s shooting of demonstrating students. At the end of the book, the siblings come together. Kalkidane, outraged by the police shooting of her boyfriend in Chicago, returns to Ethiopia to find her “real’ country” and joins her siblings at a huge ‘Army of Love,” demonstration on Bob Marley's Birthday in Shashamene in 2019, ground zero for the world-wide “Rastah” movement.

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