Thursday, January 07, 2021

A genre-straddling epic …

… Review: 'Aftershocks' is a powerful, poetic memoir about identity, family and belonging | Datebook. Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

When we leave Nadia in Rome at 7, we’re taken next to a chapter titled “Resettlement Registration Form” and enter the storytelling present: Nadia is 28, living in New York City. The chapter is written as its title suggests, a form. “Citizenship: United States of America; Ghana.” … “Occupation/Skill: Waitress, Graduate Student, Writer.” Short answers give way to longer ones. “Ethnic Origin: Black. Biracial. Indo-European? Central Asian? Although I identify as Black, I am more literally Caucasian than most people who call themselves Caucasian.”

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