Magazine article Herizons

DIRTY RIVER: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home

Magazine article Herizons

DIRTY RIVER: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home

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DIRTY RIVER

A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home

LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNASAMARASINHA

Arsenal Pulp Press

REVIEW BY MANJEETBIRK

Dirty River is a queerfeminist memoir about the complicated, challenging beauty of finding one's way through the treachery of poverty, discrimination and self-hate that those with brown bodies are trained to internalize daily.

In short vignettes thatspan a decade, this book tells the powerful story of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha travelling overthe Canada-U.S. border in a quest for community, belonging and love in her imagined promise land. It includes the many hiccups encountered during the coming of age she experiences along the way. Dirty River is a powerful reminder of what people with brown bodies, those that do not fit mainstream norms and ideals, have to do to belong, and of the ways in which they find home in the beautiful people and places along the way. …

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