Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey

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Atlas and Company, Apr 13, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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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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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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
14
Section 4
35
Section 5
37
Section 6
49
Section 7
51
Section 8
57
Section 18
165
Section 19
167
Section 20
171
Section 21
173
Section 22
179
Section 23
180
Section 24
202
Section 25
203

Section 9
59
Section 10
91
Section 11
93
Section 12
110
Section 13
114
Section 14
127
Section 15
132
Section 16
152
Section 17
153
Section 26
225
Section 27
227
Section 28
243
Section 29
245
Section 30
280
Section 31
281
Section 32
288
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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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