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Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to her European Son

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A Trinidadian-American writer and activist explores motherhood, migration, identity, nationhood and how it relates to land, imprisonment, and genocide for Black and Indigenous peoples.

Having moved to Copenhagen, Denmark from Brooklyn over 18 years ago, Brown attempts to contextualise her and her son's existence in a post-colonial and supposedly post-racial world where the
Paperback, 300 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Repeater
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Whether we talk about Trinidad, Denmark, the United States- there is a constant unwillingness to examine history and to truly understand how we ended up here and how we could create a different path forward.

Lesley-Ann Brown writes that unlearning is a tenet of decoloniality which is why she wrote this book for her biracial son so that he can have the knowledge of who came before him and a narrative he can use to navigate his life.

Lesley-Ann Brown was born in Brooklyn, spent some of her form
This is a collection of letters from the author, a woman who was born in American and is of Trinidadian descent, to her son, who was born in Denmark and is half Danish. Through these letters the author explores the history of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and Europe's colonial history.

Because this exploration is through the personal history of herself, her son and her family, I found it to be a little light touch, so struggled to relate to it, and it felt quite meandering in places.

The author writes a series of letters to her 18 year old son to help him (and the book's readers) to understand her life and the world we find ourselves in. These letters have an originality and vitality, at times meandering off on a tangent before getting back to the story she was telling.
The author is a Black woman born in Brooklyn, she spent her teenage years in Trinidad and Tobago and now 18 years living in Denmark. Her letters are at times very personnel and cover the modern world sins - ra
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A really insightful collection of thoughts and reflections, a lot of which really resonated with me, and a lot more that encouraged me to think and to learn. That's exactly what I was looking for!

It's written in a fairly casual, meandering style, but that's precisely what the author tells us it will be like in the opening pages, and it is afterall a series of letters to her son, so I don't see this as a negative or unexpected aspect to the book.
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In an attempt to do what those before could not do for me, I hope that by piecing our lineage back together again, through fact and conjecture, I can better equip you for life. I grew up with the knowledge that I shared the same birthday as my maternal great-grandmother, something that I was made to feel was of some import. Perhaps this explains why all my life, I have been obsessed with trying to decipher the whispers of the women in my family, with trying to salvage a story that would explain ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leslie es un chochon, súper new age PERO decolonial. Una delicia
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a series of letters from a woman born in the US to her half white, half black son. She explores themes such as colonialism, US history, the history of Trinidad and Tobago, her own story, etc. She does this to help him, herself and the reader understand their places in the world.

Eh. Books written as letters are always a tough read for me and this was no different. I can't say this book really held my attention: sometimes the author goes on a lot of tangents. I suppose that makes sense for
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book......blew my MIND.

First, the writing was simply beautiful. The honesty, authenticity of the author's experience, how she told her story without whitewashing, sanitizing, or devaluing herself was stunning.

Second, as a daughter of the Jamaican diaspora, I seek out and specifically read and support writers from the Caribbean and African countries and diaspora. This book was 100% relatable on so many levels, it was like sitting in conversation with my best friend who is Guyanese and having
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Lesley-Ann Brown shares life experiences through letters that she has written to her European, biracial son. Brown is Brooklyn-born, Caribbean raised and currently living in Denmark. Her letters are filled with lessons in history and geography, and very thought-provoking. Brown emphasizes communal responsibility, the importance of family and that of knowing one’s history (especially the matriline). I love how this book challenged me to think about the past, about what the future could be and abo ...more
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