Aftershocks: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Identity (Hardback)
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Aftershocks: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Identity (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 04/02/2021
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Displaced from numerous countries and identities, Nadia Owusu’s life has been one of adversity and struggle and the indelible legacy of the internal conflict within her forms the basis of this revelatory memoir, expressed through the metaphor of earthquakes. 

I have lived in disaster and disaster has lived in me. Our shared languages are thunder and reverberation.

When Nadia Owusu was two years old her mother abandoned her and her baby sister and fled from Tanzania back to the US. When she was thirteen her beloved Ghanaian father died of cancer. She and her sister were left alone, with a stepmother they didn't like, adrift.

Nadia Owusu is a woman of many languages, homelands and identities. She grew up in Rome, Dar-es-Salaam, Addis Ababa, Kumasi, Kampala and London. And for every new place there was a new language, a new identity and a new home. At times she has felt stateless, motherless and identity-less. At others, she has had multiple identities at war within her. It's no wonder she started to feel fault lines in her sense of self. It's no wonder that those fault lines eventually ruptured.

Aftershocks is the account of how she hauled herself out of the wreckage. It is the intimate story behind the news of immigration and division dominating contemporary politics. Nadia Owusu's astonishingly moving and incredibly timely memoir is a nuanced portrait of globalisation from the inside in a fractured world in crisis.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529342864
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 429 g
Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 34 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'One of the literary world's most promising new voices ... An intimate look behind the division of today's world.' - Red 

'Triumphant: the survivor's account of a thoughtful, passionate young writer grappling with life's demons' - Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine 

'Gripping ... Tackling themes of belonging, identity, race, notions of home and the ripple effects of trauma ... Owusu's prose is as poignant as it is emotionally charged ... Triumphant.' - Cosmopolitan 

'Striking' - Vogue US 

'Owusu's personal history intertwines with the political and geographical to create one of the most moving books of the new year.' - Stylist 

'A devastating memoir about identity, immigration and fractured society from the daughter of an Armenian American mother and Ghanaian father.' -  Independent 

'In a literary landscape rich with diaspora memoirs, Owusu's painful yet radiant story rises to the forefront. The daughter of an Armenian-American mother who abandoned her and a heroic Ghanaian father who died when she was thirteen, Nadia drifted across continents in a trek that she renders here with poetic, indelible prose.' - Oprah.com 

'Brilliant and devastating, this memoir is an exploration of displacement, told through earthquakes both real and allegorical. Nadia, abandoned by her mother as a young child, and moved all over the world by a diplomat father, writes about her struggle to find a peace she can call home in a way that is both tender and lacerating.' - Pandora Sykes

'A white-hot interrogation of the stories we carry in our bodies and the power they have to tear us apart. Owusu illuminates the blood and bones wrought by our borders and teaches us the necessity of owning our narratives when personal and collective histories have been shattered by violence.' - Jessica Andrews, author of Saltwater

'In reading Aftershocks, I went on an incredible (and moving) journey with a young woman whose past and present play out across Africa, Europe and America. I felt acutely Owusu's pain and the joy of her self-discovery through her intense and intimate prose. What a moving and beautifully written personal history, one infused with questions of post-colonial identity and the challenge of modern womanhood. I loved the book. I loved her voice.' - Xiaolu Guo, author of Once Upon a Time in the East and A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers

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“A memoir that will challenge and move you”

In Aftershocks, Owusu puts her own stamp on the memoir format and, in doing so, opens up the possibilities of that genre. Your late 20s may seem too early to be setting out your life story but Owusu is the rare... More

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“Wow what a book”

Wow what an amazing debut book by the author

I would recommend everyone reads this book that tells the story of the author life .

I would give this book 4 out 0f 5 stars

With thanks to Netgalley & Hodder... More

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“A challenging memoir”

A strong and insightful debut memoir, Owusu's book is beautiful, the writing is wonderful almost lyrical to me. It tells of her struggles to find her place within the world, she bares her soul and pain in this... More

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