One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
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Koul’s personal writing indeed reads like very good fiction, but speaking to the author you see how people who could otherwise be cast for anyone’s life story in a great book’s realization become so much bigger than themselves.
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A DEBUT COLLECTION OF FIERCE, FUNNY ESSAYS ABOUT GROWING UP THE DAUGHTER OF INDIAN IMMIGRANTS IN WESTERN CULTURE, ADDRESSING SEXISM, STEREOTYPES, AND THE UNIVERSAL MISERIES OF LIFE

In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it’s a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.

With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.

 

About Scaachi Koul

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Scaachi Koul was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is a culture writer for BuzzFeed. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Hairpin, The Globe and Mail, and Jezebel. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is her first book. She lives in Toronto.
 
Published May 2, 2017 by Picador. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Terra Arnone on Mar 13 2017

Koul’s personal writing indeed reads like very good fiction, but speaking to the author you see how people who could otherwise be cast for anyone’s life story in a great book’s realization become so much bigger than themselves.

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