Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times (Paperback)
Radical Hope lives up to its title; it is meant to inspire and sustain through the era of Trump and the particular political acrimony prevalent now. It is laid out as a series of letters and essays in three parts. The first section, Roots, is about history; the second, Branches, takes on the present day; and the third, Seeds, brings us thoughts on the future. The list of authors and activists that shaped this book is both wide-ranging and impressive, including Alicia Garza (cofounder of #BlackLivesMatter), Viet Thanh Nguyen (author of The Sympathizer), and iO Tillett Wright (creator of the Self Evident Truths Project and We Are You campaign). -Amy— From Summer Booknotes 2017
Radical Hope is a collection of letters—to ancestors, to children five generations from now, to strangers in grocery lines, to any and all who feel weary and discouraged—written by award-winning novelists, poets, political thinkers, and activists. Provocative and inspiring, Radical Hope offers readers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage needed to navigate this time of upheaval, uncertainty, and fear, in view of the recent US presidential election.
Including letters by Junot Díaz, Alicia Garza, Roxana Robinson, Lisa See, Jewelle Gomez, Hari Kunzru, Faith Adiele, Parnaz Foroutan, Chip Livingston, Mohja Kahf, Achy Obejas, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Cherríe Moraga, Kate Schatz, Boris Fishman, Karen Joy Fowler, Elmaz Abinader, Aya de León, Jane Smiley, Luis Alberto Urrea, Mona Eltahawy, Jeff Chang, Claire Messud, Meredith Russo, Reyna Grande, Katie Kitamura, iO Tillett Wright, Francisco Goldman, Celeste Ng, Peter Orner, and Cristina García.
About the Author
Carolina De Robertis is the author of the novels The Gods of Tango, Perla, and The Invisible Mountain. A long-time activist, De Robertis spent ten years in the non-profit sector before publishing her first book, and during that time she led projects around issues including women's rights, immigrant rights, and addressing sexual violence. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland, California with her wife and two children.
“This anthology is like the book version of a Justice League of superheroes: a collection of writers to guide us through tumultuous political times.”—Maris Kreizman, Vulture
“A glorious symphony. . . . [Radical Hope] expands my idea of home, of hope [and] is just what I needed at this alarming moment in our country’s history; I know others will feel the same way. All of us could use a good shot of radical hope right about now. . . . I can picture people carrying this book with them in a totemic way. And not just carry it--use it. . . . The inspiration found in these pages is evergreen.”—Gayle Brandeis, San Francisco Chronicle
“This collection is a plea to defy the idea that positive change is impossible. . . . De Robertis’s contributors . . . replied to her call with diverse, eloquent, and unapologetic pieces that speak to the heart and underline the sentiment that the personal is political. . . . The overall message is one of radical connection and thoughtful activism.”—Publishers Weekly
“I think I’m going to want to read this Baldwin-inspired collection yesterday, now, and through the conceivable future.”—R.O. Kwon, Electric Literature, “34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year”
"Timely. . . . [Radical Hope] provides some comfort, direction, and inspiration. . . . Many readers will doubtless find solace in the volume."—Kirkus Reviews