The window seat: notes from a life in motion

Forna, A (2021) The window seat: notes from a life in motion. Grove Press, New York, NY. ISBN 9780802158581


This is an elegantly rendered, thought-provoking collection of new and previously published essays. In this wide-ranging collection, Forna writes intimately about displacement, trauma and memory, love, and how we coexist and encroach on the non-human world. In “Obama and the Renaissance Generation,” she documents how, despite the narrative of Obama’s exceptionalism, his father, like her own, was one of a generation of gifted young Africans who came to the United Kingdom and the United States for education and were expected to build their home countries anew after colonialism. In “The Last Vet,” time spent shadowing Dr. Jalloh, the only veterinarian in Sierra Leone, as he works with the street dogs of Freetown, becomes a meditation on what a society’s treatment of animals tells us about its principles. In “Crossroads,” she examines race in America from an African perspective, and in “Power Walking” she describes what it means to walk in the world in a Black woman’s body.

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Contents: The window seat; Ice; Obama and the renaissance generation; Santigi; 1979; Technicals; Crossroads; In Timbuktu; Hame; How stories get told; The last vet; The watch; Power walking; What if you gave an inauguration and nobody came?; Bruno; The peanut butter thief; Wilder things.

Divisions: School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
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