Lorsque sa mère l'appelle un soir de l'autre bout des États-Unis, Amina comprend que quelque chose ne va pas : depuis trois jours et trois nuits, son père, un neurochirurgien reconnu, est assis sur le porche de leur maison et parle sans discontinuer à tous ses proches restés en Inde et aujourd'hui disparus. Tout le monde le croit devenu fou, jusqu'à ce qu'une photo prise par Amina fasse apparaître, derrière son père qui parle à la nuit, l'ombre bienveillante d'une petite vieille en sari. Le spectre de sa grand-mère... Un roman émouvant et drôle sur les fantômes qui nous habitent.
A beautiful and eye-opening (Jacqueline Woodson), hilarious and heart-rending (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us , from the acclaimed author of The Sleepwalkers Guide to Dancing . NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Chicago Tribune The New York Public Library Publishers Weekly AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review Time BuzzFeed Esquire Library Journal Kirkus Reviews How brown is too brown? Can Indians be racist? What does real love between really different people look like? Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacobs half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything . At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where shes gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation--and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions. LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/OPEN BOOK AWARD Jacobs earnest recollections are often heartbreaking, but also infused with levity and humor. What stands out most is the fierce compassion with which she parses the complexities of family and love. -- Time Good Talk uses a masterful mix of pictures and words to speak on lifes most uncomfortable conversations. -- io9 Mira Jacob just made me toss everything I thought was possible in a book-as-art-object into the garbage. Her new book changes everything. --Kiese Laymon, New York Times bestselling author of Heavy
Of all the family gatherings in her childhood, one stands out in Amina's memory. It is 1979, in Salem India, when a visit to her grandmother's house escalates into an explosive encounter, pitching brother against brother, mother against son.
In its aftermath, Amina's father Thomas rushes his family back to their new home in America. And while at first it seems that the intercontinental flight has taken them out of harm's way, his decision sets off a chain of events that will forever haunt Thomas and his wife Kamala; their intellectually furious son, Akhil and the watchful young Amina.
Now, twenty years later, Amina receives a phone call from her mother. Thomas has been acting strangely and Kamala needs her daughter back. Amina returns to the New Mexico of her childhood, where her mother has always filled silences with food, only to discover that getting to the truth is not as easy as going home.
Confronted with Thomas's unwillingness to talk, Kamala's Born Again convictions, and the suspicion that not everything is what it seems, Amina finds herself at the centre of a mystery so tangled that to make any headway, she has to excavate her family's painful past. And in doing so she must lay her own ghosts to rest.