X: a novel by IIyahsah Shabazz with Kekla MagoonDecember 8th, 2015
This first person narrative pulses with action and covers Malcolm X’s life between 1930 and 1948. Written by his daughter IIyahsah Shabazz and the award winning author Kekla Magoon, the novel is based on true events of Malcolm X’s life.
Not much is known about Malcolm X before he became famous, and this is his daughter’s fictionalised account of his teen years, based on diaries and memories from his brother and sisters. In his early teen years Malcolm found it hard to understand the importance of his father’s pastoral work. However his early experiences with racism would become a catalyst for his fight for freedom, justice and equality.
A lot of the book deals with his relationship with his father and his rebellion against family principles and values. There is also a substantial amount about his brothers and sisters and their painful separation.
At the end of the novel is an author’s note which explains the raison d'être for the book. There are notes about the characters in the book, a timeline, a family tree and some historical context,- all worthwhile addendums to explore.
The book would add value to any study on the civil rights movement.
Image: Malcolm X Stencil by Steve Rotman on Flickr