Fault Lines by Meena Alexander
A Memoir (Cross-Cultural Memoir)

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Passionate, fierce, and lyrical, Meena Alexander’s memoir traces her evolution as a postcolonial writer from a privileged childhood in India to a turbulent adolescence in the Sudan and then to England and New York City. In this tenth-anniversary edition of Fault Lines, this Alexander challenges the assumptions of life as a South Asian American woman writer in a post-9-11 world. With poetic insight and an honesty that will galvanize readers—both familiar and new—Alexander reveals her difficult recovery from a long-buried childhood trauma that revolutionizes the entire landscape of her memory: of her family, of her writing process and the meaning of memoir, and of her very self, now and before.

Meena Alexander is a poet and professor of English and creative writing at Hunter College and the City University of New York.


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Meena Alexander, Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is the author of several books of poetry, most recently" Raw Silk" and "Illiterate Heart," winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Her memoir "Fault Lines" was one of "Publishers Weekly"'s best books of 1993, and her novel "Nampally Road" was a 1991 "Voice Literary Supplement" Editor's Choice.
Published October 1, 2003 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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All that is here comes piecemeal, though sometimes the joints have fallen into place miraculously, as if the heavens had opened and mango trees fruited in the rough asphalt of upper Broadway.'' Born in 1951, the first of three daughters of a meteorologist, Alexander was raised in southern India b...

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