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Books To Be Released in March 2019 - Homeland Review by Akinjidetayo(m) : 7:54 am On Mar 12
Welcome to the month of March, folks!
I’m really loving the way things seem to be steadily progressing this year, in regards to this blog and reading specifically. Outside of this space… Let’s just say I’m grateful for this lovely bubble.
The books on my radar this month are absolutely unconventional. I have loved but not followed Helen Oyeyemi over the years and I’m excited to resume my affair with her this year. By the way, I have no idea why I’m making this sound obscene but let’s roll with it, shall we?
Meet the new releases coming in March 2019:
The Careless Seamstress by Tjawangwa Dema
Release Date: March 1st, 2019
This dazzling debut announces a not-so-new voice: that of the spoken-word poet Tjawangwa Dema. Winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, Dema’s collection, The Careless Seamstress , evokes the national and the subjective while emphasizing that what is personal is always political.
The girls and women in these poems are not mere objects. They speak, labour, and gaze back, with difficulty and result. The tropes are familiar, but in their animation, they question and move in unexpected ways. The female body—as a daughter, wife, worker, cultural mutineer—moves continually across this collection, fetching water, harvesting corn, raising children, sewing, migrating, and spurning designations.
The Careless Seamstress shows both startling clarities of purpose and capaciousness of theme. Using gender and labour as their point of departure, these poems are indebted to Dema’s relationship to language, intertextuality, and narrative. It is both assured and inquiring, a quietly complex skein that takes advantage of poetry’s capacity for the polyphonic.
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
Release Date: March 7th, 2019
Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories, beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl. Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy, but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make.
Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (or, according to many sources, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee’s early youth. The world’s truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread, however, is Harriet’s charismatic childhood friend Gretel Kercheval. A figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.
Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother’s long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet’s story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value.
Endlessly surprising and satisfying, written with Helen Oyeyemi’s inimitable style and imagination, it is a true feast for the reader.
Are you looking forward to any new releases this month?
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