Nadia Owusu with "Aftershocks: A Memoir"

TUE, JAN 19, 2021 (54:14)

When Nadia Owusu moved to New York City at age 18, she had already lived in five countries outside the United States and her parents’ homelands of Ghana (her father’s) and Armenia (her mother’s family). She grew up disconnected, without a culture she called her own. In Aftershocks she shares her jarring story of being state-less and, ultimately, parent-less, as the survivor of trauma; she describes the heart and will it takes to pull though. Listen to her life and memoir that looks at race identity and immigration, the seismic emotional toll of family secrets, and the push and pull of belonging in the United States.

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+ BIO: Jessica Shattuck

Jessica Shattuck is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels The Women in the Castle, The Hazards of Good Breeding, a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the PEN/Winship Award, and Perfect Life. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the New Yorker, Wired, New York Times, and Glamour.

+ BIO: Nadia Owusu

Nadia Owusu is a Brooklyn-based writer and urban planner. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her lyric essay So Devilish a Fire won the Atlas Review chapbook contest. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Times, the Washington Post’s The Lily, Literary Review, Electric Literature, Epiphany, and Catapult.

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