Grace Talusan with Donna Miscolta
Recipient of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan has written a powerful memoir, The Body Papers (Restless Books), chronicling her family’s move from the Philippines to the U.S., and then a series of traumatic experiences she survived, and here depicts.
“Grace Talusan writes eloquently about the most unsayable things: the deep gravitational pull of family, the complexity of navigating identity as an immigrant, and the ways we move forward even as we carry our traumas with us. Equal parts compassion and confession, The Body Papers is a stunning work by a powerful new writer who—like the best memoirists—transcends the personal to speak on a universal level.” —Celeste Ng.
“There is so much to admire in this brave and fierce and deeply intimate memoir. By taking such an unsentimental and plainspoken approach to her material, Talusan simply demands that the reader pay attention. The Body Papers is told in thematic sequences in which the author and the family come continually to light, in flashes that get brighter as we read, and by the end we see everyone in their full humanity and comprehend the depths of both despair and love at their core. As a child of immigrants, I found much to relate to in the family dynamics—alternately laughing and shuddering with recognition.” —Christopher Castellani.
Joining Grace in conversation this evening will be Donna Miscolta, author of Hola and Goodbye (Carolina Wren Press).