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Yaminah Okar left Obsidian and the wreckage of her family years ago. She and her father have made lives for themselves in Brooklyn, and she thinks she has moved on to bigger and better things. She thinks she has finally left behind that city she would rather forget. But when a Facebook message about her estranged mother pierces Yaminah’s new bubble, memories of everything that happened before her parents’ divorce come roaring back—and Yaminah must finally reckon with the truth about her mother and the looming collapse of a place she once called home. Both heartrending and hopeful, Break This House demonstrates the ramifications of addiction, gentrification, and grief on one family as Yaminah explores the childhood home she left behind.
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