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Mar 16, 2021

As part of the Morristown Festival of Books @Home series, Carol Fitzgerald interviewed Nadia Owusu, the author of AFTERSHOCKS, which is a memoir. Nadia was born in Tanzania, and raised in Italy, Ethiopia, England, Ghana, and Uganda, before moving to New York when she was 18. She talks about her background traveling the world, as well as why she sees earthquakes as a metaphor for the upheavals in her life. Her mother abandoned the family when she was a young child, and her father passed away when she was in her teens. These shockwaves took her to a place where she took a hard look at her life. They also talk about the blue chair that feels like it has a role in the book, as well as what jazz, especially Coltrane, means to her. And from the lens of being a world traveler, Nadia shares her thoughts about being Black in the United States, as compared to other places in the world.

Books discussed in this episode:

AFTERSHOCKS by Nadia Owusu

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