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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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 (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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