My Heart Is Not My Own
Now living in Vancouver and happily married to Nadia, who is expecting their first child, John is thrust back into the horrors of the past by the arrival of a package from Sierra Leone. He realizes that before he can commit to his future, he’ll have to confront his conscience and the pain of his past. He embarks upon a journey that takes him back into Mariama’s world of child soldiers, bush-wives, and African secret societies.
My Heart Is Not My Own is a story of love, courage, and resilience that is brought to life through the powerful voice of Mariama.
"A compelling first novel. Wuitchik writes convincingly about the realities of warfare—without resorting to cliches or political banners." - Sikeena Karmali, author of A House by the Sea
"My Heart Is Not My Own is not an easy read. But books that compel us to leave the comfort of our worlds to understand the humanity of others seldom are. It is a testament to the strength of Wuitchik's courageous characters that we are not left without a sense of hope. This is a book worth spending time with." - Yejide Kilanko, nationally bestselling author of Daughters Who Walk This Path
This debut literary novel takes readers from the familiar spaces of Vancouver to the complicated and haunting territories of Sierra Leone. It is a candid and thoughtful journey through the minefields of post-trauma, memory and recovery. - Winnipeg Free Press