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In the linked essays that make up her debut collection, This Is One Way to Dance, Sejal Shah explores culture, language, family, and place. Throughout the collection, Shah reflects on what it means to make oneself visible and legible through writing in a country that struggles with race and maps her identity as an American, South Asian American, writer of color, and ...more
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Expected publication: June 1st 2020 by University of Georgia Press (first published May 27th 2020)
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Erin
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Thanks to Netgalley and University of Georgia press for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

As the title suggests, this is a collection of essays written by author, Sejal Shah, on her own experiences as an Indian-American. From childhood to marriage and cultural traditions and the struggle to find herself in pop culture references.

Although the collection will not be available until June 2020, something compelled me to pick it up on this cold January day. I am glad that I did because
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“Where are you from?”

Who gets to ask that question, and of whom? Should it ever be answered, and if so, how?

Sejal Shah’s “This is One Way to Dance” delves into the tension of life as a second-gen South Asian immigrant: about “growing up Indian outside of India,” a native-born American who was (and is) viewed as “other than.” She quotes Kakali Bhattacharya. “…(We) are co-opted by ‘model-minority’ discourses or caricatured…Our invisibility stems from being racialized as non-white and non-black…we
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If ‘India’ ever comes up in your talk with someone, what do you think about? Is it huge colorful weddings with lots and lots of people? Or do you think about gold jewelry or was it a place that you called home, or still call home? I grew up in India, and when I moved to Canada a couple years back, I wanted to take on this new identity of being Canadian. The last couple months of starting my first job and thinking about marriage has made me dig
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Sejal Shah is the author of the debut memoir in essays, This Is One Way to Dance (University of Georgia Press, June 2020). Her essays and stories on race, place, and belonging have appeared in Brevity, the Kenyon Review, Lit Hub, and the Rumpus, among others. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction and residencies from Blue Mountain Center, The Millay ...more