Aftershocks

Aftershocks

This poetic, genre-bending work—blending memoir with cultural history—from Whiting Award winner Nadia Owusu grapples with the fault lines of identity, the meaning of home, black womanhood, and the ripple effects, both personal and generational, of emotional trauma.

Nadia Owusu grew up all over the world—from Rome and London to Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala. When her mother abandoned her when she was two years old, the rejection caused Nadia to be confused about her identity. Even after her father died when she was thirteen and she was raised by her stepmother, she was unable to come to terms with who she was since she still felt motherless and alone.

When Nadia went to university in America when she was eighteen she still felt as if she had so many competing personas that she couldn’t keep track of them all without cracking under the pressure of trying to hold herself together. A powerful coming-of-age story that explores timely and universal themes of identity, Aftershocks follows Nadia’s life as she hauls herself out of the wreckage and begins to understand that the only ground firm enough to count on is the one she writes into existence.

Title:Aftershocks
ISBN:9781982111229
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    Aftershocks Reviews

  • Jenna

    "The earthquake came and destroyed their homes, their city. On the same day, my mother came, and her coming toppled me. My mother became the earthquake. I was only seven."What a beautifully written an...

  • Esil

    Nadia Owusu could not have had a more complicated early life. Her father was from Ghana. Her mother was Armenian American. Her mother left when she was three years old. She lived with an aunt in Engla...

  • Sheena

    Nadia Owusu grew up in different countries, struggling with identity, race, and trying to find a place for herself. Her memoir discuses the results of growing up without stability and being rejected b...

  • Anna Luce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / /“To heal, I would need to look inward as well as outward. I would need to examine my memories. I would need to interrogate the stories I told myself—about ...

  • BookOfCinz

    Nadia Owusu raised the memoir bar, visceral, beautifully written, and deeply moving, I did not want this book to end! I finished reading this book and I felt like the earth shifted from under me. Na...

  • Quirkyreader

    First off, I won this as a goodreads giveaway. Thank you Simon & Schuster.This was a memoir of a world traveller. When Nadia Owusu wrote of her childhood spent in different countries in Africa I felt ...

  • Rose

    I have just finished reading Aftershocks - A Memoir by Nadia OwusuThis was an outstanding memoir, and first book by the author. It is an honest and heartfelt book about her life that spans many countr...

  • Dana DesJardins

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was an absolutely riveting journey across continents and back and forth through time. Owusu has lived in Rome, Addis Ababa, Kampala, Dar es Sal...

  • Samantha

    Man, Nadia Owusu has lived a lot of life and has many stories to tell, about her upbringing, living all over the world, her mother's abandonment, father's death, finding an identity, and her experienc...

  • Mina

    Interesting read. Nadia's story had the potential to be gripping and powerful but I just couldn't relate to. Must be a me kind of problem. I shall definitely come back to this....