: Moore (W.)

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251pp., hardback, d.w., London, 2020


Wayétu Moore's memoir covers her family's escape from the First Liberian Civil War when she was a young child, building a life in Texas, USA, and her eventual return to Liberia.

“Immersive, exhilarating ... This memoir adds an essential voice to the genre of migrant literature, challenging false popular narratives that migration is optional, permanent and always results in a better life.” The New York Times Book Review

“In her bruising new memoir, Moore describes the perilous journey as well as her experience of being a black immigrant living in the American South. Through it all, she threads an urgent narrative about the costs of survival and the strength of familial love.” Time

Wayétu Moore is the author of the novel She Would Be King. She teaches at the City University of New York's John Jay College and lives in Brooklyn.