Zami

Zami: A New Spelling of my Name

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 05/07/2018
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Synopsis

If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.

A little black girl opens her eyes in 1930s Harlem. Around her, a heady swirl of passers-by, car horns, kerosene lamps, the stock market falling, fried bananas, tales of her parents' native Grenada. She trudges to public school along snowy sidewalks, and finds she is tongue-tied, legally blind, left behind by her older sisters.

On she stumbles through teenage hardships - suicide, abortion, hunger, a Christmas spent alone - until she emerges into happiness: an oasis of friendship in Washington Heights, an affair in a dirty factory in Connecticut, and, finally, a journey down to the heat of Mexico, discovering sex, tenderness, and suppers of hot tamales and cold milk.

This is Audre Lorde's story. It is a rapturous, life-affirming tale of independence, love, work, strength, sexuality and change, rich with poetry and fierce emotional power.

'Zami is important because of its descriptions of growing up a black lesbian feminist in the 1950s, with open, unapologetic, vivid descriptions of women's relationships' - The Guardian

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241351086
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 236g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

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Memoir at it's Best
The quality of writing in Lorde's autobiography gives a good indication of how eloquent her essays and poetry are. Her accounts of growing up under the opp... READ MORE
Jenny Cooke