– A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home •••
••• LEAH LAKSHMI HAS HAD ENOUGH OF IT. One day she packs her material life into two heavy bags and leaves the US for Canada. In Toronto, so she hopes, life will be different. Free. Or at least, free of what she’s desperately longing to leave behind.
••• THIS BOOK »is not an incest horror story book. (…) In the end, I don’t get normal.« At times fun and at (the same) times harmful, this is the autobiography of a person who struggles her*self out of the way too narrow path she* was supposed to follow. Leaving behind a childhood with a mother who constantly came too close, leaving behind a relationship to her* body that lacked the right to self-determination: »My body is just starting to come down from being surveyed.« But »Dirty River« is not just about »escaping a terrible childhood. It’s about figuring one’s way through a future that is beautiful and utterly unpredictable.« Read it!
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: Dirty River
Arsenal Pulp Press