I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter Hardcover by David Chariandy

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I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter Hardcover by David Chariandy

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ McClelland & Stewart (May 29 2018)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 128 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 077101807X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 9780771018077
Item weight ‏ : ‎ 358 g
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 1.6 x 18.26 cm

In the tradition of Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, acclaimed novelist David Chariandy's latest is an intimate and profoundly beautiful meditation on the politics of race today.

When a moment of quietly ignored bigotry prompted his three-year-old daughter to ask "what happened?" David Chariandy began wondering how to discuss with his children the politics of race. A decade later, in a newly heated era of both struggle and divisions, he writes a letter to his now thirteen-year-old daughter. David is the son of Black and South Asian migrants from Trinidad, and he draws upon his personal and ancestral past, including the legacies of slavery, indenture, and immigration, as well as the experiences of growing up a visible minority within the land of one's birth. In sharing with his daughter his own story, he hopes to help cultivate within her a sense of identity and responsibility that balances the painful truths of the past and present with hopeful possibilities for the future.

About the Author

David Chariandy lives in Vancouver and teaches literature and creative writing in the department of English at Simon Fraser University.  His first novel, Soucouyant, was nominated for several prizes, including the Governor General’s Award and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.  His second novel, Brother, was also nominated for several prizes, winning the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Toronto Book Prize.  Brother was also named a book of the year by The Globe and MailThe National Post, The Toronto StarThe Montreal Gazette, The New York City Public Library, Kirkus ReviewsEsquire Magazine, and The Guardian.  His most recent book is a memoir entitled I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You: A Letter To My Daughter.  David’s writings have been published internationally and translated into a dozen languages.  In 2019, he was awarded Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

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