Red Dust Road

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Picador, 2010 - Adoptees - 288 pages
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From the moment when, as a little girl, she realizes that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, the journey that Jackie Kay undertakes in Red Dust Road is full of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions.

In a book shining with warmth, humour and compassion, she discovers that inheritance is about much 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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RED DUST ROAD: An Autobiographical Journey

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Poet and novelist Kay (Creative Writing/Newcastle Univ.; The Lamplighter, 2009, etc.) recalls growing up black in a white adoptive family and the journey that reunited her with her birth parents ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fran - Goodreads

I met Jackie Kay last night (27/07/10) :-DDD she was so animated in the reading of this book I can't wait to continue where she left of.... I don't normally read autobiographical books, unless they've ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh. She is a poet, playwright, novelist and writer of short stories and has enjoyed great acclaim for her work for both adults and children. Her novel Trumpet won the Guardian Fiction Prize, and she has published two collections of stories with Picador, Why Don’t You Stop Talking and Wish I Was Here. She teaches at Newcastle University, and lives in Manchester.

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