You Have Given Me a Country

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Sarabande Books, Aug 1, 2010 - Social Science - 210 pages
American Book Award Winner: A “mesmerizing” memoir about identity from the daughter of an Irish-Catholic mother and a Sindhi-Indian father (Chandra Prasad, editor of Mixed).
 
ForeWord Book of the Year
 
You 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. It is a book that weaves two varied, yet ultimately universal backgrounds into a unique creation that spans continents, generations, languages, and histories, and, ultimately, it is a story about family.
 
“Vaswani takes her place among the other great innovators of form—Aleksandar Hemon, Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael Ondaatje—who write eloquently and ardently about the land of in-between.” —Maud Casey, author of Genealogy
 
“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 Banerjee
 

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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

YOU HAVE GIVEN ME A COUNTRY
WHAT FALLS BETWEEN
SOMETHING IS ALWAYS LOST
COUNTRY
WHAT HANDS ARE THESE?
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

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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