One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays (Paperback)
Scaachi Koul is right: one day we’ll all be dead and none of this will matter. In the meantime, sexism and the immigrant experience are just a few things that still matter and Koul’s humor and keen observations on these subjects make her essays stand out as the next must-read on your feminist booklist. Whether she is experiencing an endless Indian wedding or being cut out of a skirt by a group of salespeople, Koul uses humor to explore societal expectations as well as her own flaws. Her ruminations on being the daughter of immigrant parents and on the feeling of being from two places but belonging in neither are powerful and playful. -Allison— From Summer Booknotes 2017
One of NPR's Best Books of the Year
A DEBUT COLLECTION OF FIERCE, FUNNY ESSAYS ABOUT GROWING UP THE DAUGHTER OF INDIAN IMMIGRANTS IN WESTERN CULTURE, ADDRESSING SEXISM, STEREOTYPES, AND THE UNIVERSAL MISERIES OF LIFE
In One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life. She learned from an early age what made her miserable, and for Scaachi anything can be cause for despair. Whether it's a shopping trip gone awry; enduring awkward conversations with her bikini waxer; overcoming her fear of flying while vacationing halfway around the world; dealing with Internet trolls, or navigating the fears and anxieties of her parents. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of color: where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision, or outright scorn; where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, leaving little room for a woman not solely focused on marriage and children to have a career (and a life) for herself.
With a sharp eye and biting wit, incomparable rising star and cultural observer Scaachi Koul offers a hilarious, scathing, and honest look at modern life.
About the Author
Scaachi Koul was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is a culture writer for BuzzFeed. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Hairpin, The Globe and Mail, and Jezebel. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is her first book. She lives in Toronto.