Newly out in paper, Suketu Mehta’s This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto (Picador) is a powerful argument, using both Suketu Mehta’s own life story, but also that of many others, making the case that immigrants and immigration are utterly vital to the life-force of this country. Anyone who has read his groundbreaking account of the city of Mumbai, Maximum City, can attest to his narrative skill in bringing many voices and stories together.
“There are few literary voices today who explore the intricacies of human migration better than Suketu Mehta . . . Mehta delivers an emotional, timely polemic railing against this trend of fear, discrimination and hatred that has gripped so many countries, especially ours . . . Pulling from history, personal experiences and intimate profiles, Mehta examines the backlash to immigration, what’s behind it and why we have good reasons to be hopeful about the future.” —Sarojini Seupersad, BookPage.
“Suketu Mehta has written a burning indictment of anti-immigrant hypocrisy, and an affirmation of hope in the real America—the America where we treat each other as human beings with a common future, and not a faceless problem to be solved by walls and barbed wire. Rousing and immensely readable, it is an anthem for all of us.” —Jhumpa Lahiri.
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