No country woman a memoir of not belonging

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No Country Woman: A memoir of not belonging by Zoya Patel

A fresh and exciting feminist memoir about what it means to never feel at home where you live. I was born in a hospital in Suva, Fiji. I cant recall ever seeing the building on my trips back to the city, first as a child or later as an adult. I imagine it in shades of blue and brown, the plastic waiting room chairs covered in the fine film of moisture that creeps over everything there. It is not a place Ive thought of often, but I think of it now and wonder how it has shaped me. I am Fijian-Indian, and have lived in Australia since I was three years old. Memories of my early life in Fiji are limited to flashes, like an old film projector running backwards. I remember a blue dress, a trip on a boat where my father handed me a dried, floating starfish that I clutched in my fingers, determined not to lose it back to the ocean. No Country Woman is the story of never knowing where you belong. Its about not feeling represented in the media you consumed, not being connected to the culture of your forebears, not having the respect of your peers. Its about living in a multicultural society with a monocultural focus but being determined to be heard. Its about challenging societys need to define us and its a rallying cry for the future. Its a memoir full of heart, fury and intelligence - and the book we need right now.
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A fresh and exciting feminist memoir about what it means to never In her razor-sharp debut, No-Country Woman: A Memoir of Not Belonging.
Zoya Patel

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Like me, Patel wrestles with these questions. There are no easy answers. She sees racism and flaws in both cultures, and tries to critique these without condemning the cultures. It is a difficult line to walk. If anything, her story is a case study of why it is so hard to have a reasoned and rational discussion about race in Australia. Absolutely excellent.

The Sydney Morning Herald

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I can't recall ever seeing the building on my trips back to the city, first as a child or later as an adult. I imagine it in shades of blue and brown, the plastic waiting room chairs covered in the fine film of moisture that creeps over everything there. It is not a place I've thought of often, but I think of it now and wonder how it has shaped me. I am Fijian-Indian, and have lived in Australia since I was three years old. Memories of my early life in Fiji are limited to flashes, like an old film projector running backwards. I remember a blue dress, a trip on a boat where my father handed me a dried, floating starfish that I clutched in my fingers, determined not to lose it back to the ocean.

Zoya Patel is a complex young woman. Feminist, Fijian-Indian, Australian, vegetarian, partner, daughter, sister, writer, community advocate. There are many descriptors that define her yet she struggles with the whole concept of identity. Her book No Country Woman is the story of never knowing where you belong, a collection of essays that discuss race, feminism, religion, family. Zoya Patel: 'I don't get to choose how people see me. She admits she is a little angry at the moment, that her patience is tested more easily. I started on my feminist journey pretty young but I have got to the point where when people get hung up on pop culture representations of women I'm like whatever, talk to me about childcare, that's what I'm interested in right now, maternity leave, systemic problems .

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