If you count the seconds as Tomi Adeyemi opens her gold package — one (pause), two (pause), three (pause) — you’ll notice that it takes her a full 30 seconds before she’s able to speak.
As she rips at the sparkling paper, digging for the prize inside, Adeyemi whimpers and laughs and cries, but it takes a full half minute before she’s able to muster words.
When she’s finally able to talk, Adeyemi’s speech comes out as a stunned gasp.
“It’s really beautiful,” she says, sniffling. “And it’s real.”
In her hands, for the first time ever, is a book, HER book, Children of Blood and Bone. And it feels like magic. Read more…