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You Have Given Me a Country: A Memoir

You Have Given Me a Country A Memoir ForeWord Book of the Year EssaySilver Medalist IPPY Awards in Multi Cultural Adult Fiction American Book Award Vaswani is a confident writer whose unflinching eye shows the reader the

  • Title: You Have Given Me a Country: A Memoir
  • Author: Neela Vaswani
  • ISBN: 9781932511826
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • 2010 ForeWord Book of the Year, EssaySilver Medalist, 2011 IPPY Awards in Multi Cultural Adult Fiction2011 American Book Award Vaswani is a confident writer whose unflinching eye shows the reader the beauty grounded in the mundane San Francisco Chronicle Vaswani s voice is witty, sharp, innovative, unique Chitra BanerjeeYou Have Given Me a Country is an emotionally power2010 ForeWord Book of the Year, EssaySilver Medalist, 2011 IPPY Awards in Multi Cultural Adult Fiction2011 American Book Award Vaswani is a confident writer whose unflinching eye shows the reader the beauty grounded in the mundane San Francisco Chronicle Vaswani s voice is witty, sharp, innovative, unique Chitra BanerjeeYou Have Given Me a Country is an emotionally powerful exploration of blurred borders, identity, and what it means to be multicultural Combining memoir, history, and fiction, the book follows the paths of the author s Irish Catholic mother and Sindhi Indian father on their journey toward each other and the biracial child they create Neela Vaswani s second full length work thematically echoes such books as The Color of Water, Running in the Family, or Motiba s Tatoos, but it is entirely unique in approach, voice, and story The book reveals the self as a culmination of all that went before it, a brilliant new weave of two varied, yet ultimately universal backgrounds that spans continents, generations, languages, wars, and, at the center of it all, family.Neela Vaswani is the author of the short story collection Where the Long Grass Bends Sarabande Books, 2004 Recipient of a 2006 O Henry Prize, her fiction and nonfiction have been widely anthologized and published in journals such as Epoch, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner She lives in New York City.

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    1. The author of this book, Neela Vaswani, writes about her life, her parents’ and grandparents’. What makes it special is that her mother is Irish-Catholic and her father Sindhi-Indian. Who is she? Which culture does she belong to? What is it like to belong to two cultures, and not just two cultures but many, many cultures? The setting is New York and India, the latter half of the 20th Century.This book is a mix of historical facts, poetical writing and philosophical musings. It deals with a p [...]

    2. Neela Vaswani’s memoir begins and ends in airport terminals. From New York to New Delhi, two journeys at two different times in life, 28 years apart. This book describes those 28 years, and her life as a unique mixture of two different races and cultural backgrounds. She writes chronologically, and reveals not just her parents separate lives, but even further up the family tree. She explores the history of her mother’s Irish Catholic family, with an assortment of memorable characters, all de [...]

    3. I loved this book! Many pages turned down, paragraphs marked and I know I will read it again. This is even more remarkable for me, since it is a memoir, something that I rarely read. On the cover, the book is described as a, "mixed-genre exploration of blurred borders, identity, and what it means to be bi-cultural. Combining memoir, history, and fiction, the books follows the paths of the author's Irish-Catholic mother and Sindhi-Indian father on their journey towards each other the bi-racial ch [...]

    4. Neela Vaswani's "real and imagined" memoir is a tour-de-force of one woman's struggle with (and celebration of) her mixed identity. Vaswani takes us inside her struggle and celebration with lyrical and highly descriptive writing. Mixing personal narrative, imagined moments, historical facts, and her own journey from little girl to new wife, she stakes her claim for her own, unique identity - one she can finally (at long last) accurately reflect on the 2000 Census Form. This is a beautiful book a [...]

    5. This was a great glimpse into a thoughtful life. The author describes what life is like for her as the child of an Indian father and an Irish Catholic mother. Family history and anecdotes keep the reader involved as they move between NYC and India. I loved the perspective of the child who simply relays what occurs and then follows up with the lessons her parents taught her or she figured out herself. At times the writing seems choppy and composed of brief memories, but this doesn't detract from [...]

    6. Very interesting story about growing up multiracial/multicultural and embracing all of one's identity. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the writing is awkward in some places and kind of loses direction toward the end. (The author built a book around a doctoral thesis, which may have contributed to some of the disjointed nature of the text.)

    7. A fantastic and moving portrait -- gorgeously written and exquisitely felt -- of what it means to be a young girl navigating biracial and bicultural lines in 20th century American and India. Vaswani is a generous and compassionate writer who holds your hand while holding the people in her story accountable. Vivid, fresh, and true, this book has stayed with me for years.

    8. beautiful thoughts, beautiful passages but at moments it seemed too long, too redundant, making me think okay i got your point let's move on or let's move on from your family and not tell the same story over and over in various words

    9. Vaswaani writes in the modern style, moving back and forth across time and becoming different characters. She is her Irish-American mother, her Asian Indian father. She is a young girl visiting relatives in a teeming Indian city, she is a person between cultures and countries.

    10. I am enthralled with this book. I am "in between" in my emotions about it, I want to both hurry up and finish *and* savor it slowly at the same time.

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