A Review of Valarie Kaur’s “See No Stranger: A Memoir & Manifesto of Revolutionary Love”: Embedded in this compendium of stories, theories, philosophies, practices and prayer-poems, is both an East Asian and U.S. history told through the lens of a courageous, young, female Sikh activist, filmmaker and lawyer. The narrative is a weaving of stories with an infusion of Sikh culture and feminist theory, grounded in scholarship and extensive footwork.
“My NYC community college students are struggling to survive, some of them literally. As a writer myself, and as a teacher of writing for almost forty years, I’m always reminded: When there is nothing left to hold onto, sometimes there are words.”
One does not open a book by Lidia Yuknavitch carelessly. Just as one does not bend down to pick up a child carelessly, or a sculpture of a child carelessly, or the coffin of a child carelessly. There is weight, almost too much weight to bear, in a Lidia Yuknavitch book.
What makes Abigail DeWitt’s “News of Our Loved Ones” compelling is the compression of the story, the variety of points of view and the sheer elegance of the prose that transforms her own family’s history—and world history along with it—into a powerful act of fiction.