Olive witch : a memoir
|Format:||Print Book 2016|
|Availability:||Available at 20 Libraries 42 of 42 copies|
In the 1970s, Nigeria is flush with oil money, building new universities, and hanging on to old colonial habits. Abeer Hoque is a Bangladeshi girl growing up in a small sunlit town, where the red clay earth, corporal punishment and running games are facts of life. At thirteen she moves with her family to suburban Pittsburgh and finds herself surrounded by clouded skies and high schoolers who speak in movie quotes and pop culture slang. Finding her place as a young woman in America proves more difficult than she can imagine. Disassociated from her parents, and laid low by academic pressure and spiralling depression, she is committed to a psychiatric ward in Philadelphia. When she moves to Bangladesh on her own, it proves to be yet another beginning for someone who is only just getting used to being an outsider - wherever she is. Arresting and beautifully written, with poems and weather conditions framing each chapter, Olive Witch is an intimate memoir about taking the long way home.
Published ReviewsBooklist Review: "
Hoque, Abeer Y.
-- Childhood and youth.
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
Bangladeshi Americans -- Biography.
Emigration and immigration -- Psychological aspects.
Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Bangladesh -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
|Publisher|| Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India :2016
Prose, with poems and weather conditions framing each chapter.
x, 244 pages ; 20 cm