Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey

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Atlas, Apr 13, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography
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A heart-warming book that answers the question: how do you define "family"?

Once, as a small child, she realizes that her skin is a different color from that of her beloved parents, Jackie Kay embarks on a complicated and humorous journey to treasure the adoptive family that chose her, track down her birth parents—her Scottish Highland mother and Nigerian father—and embrace her unexpected and remarkable life.

In a book shining with warmth, humor, and compassion, she discovers that inheritance is about more than genes: that we are shaped by songs as much as by cells and that our internal landscapes are as important as those through which we move.

Taking the reader from Glasgow to Lagos and beyond, Red Dust Road is revelatory, redemptive, and courageous, unique in its voice and universal in its reach. It is a heart-stopping story of parents and siblings, friends and strangers, belonging and beliefs, biology and destiny, and love.

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User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

I think at the moment I'm really into books that take their political commitments for granted, that aren't about trying to persuade you into them or explain them, that don't assume you don't already ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dot - Goodreads

I had not heard of this writer until I was given the audio CD version of this book for Christmas. Jackie Kay is a poet and a professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University in the UK. Many ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Jackie Kay is a poet, novelist, and short story writer who is widely acclaimed for her work for children as well as for adults. She lives in Manchester, England.

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