BOOK: Shame On Me: an anatomy of race and belonging – By Tessa McWatt

Shame On Me: an anatomy of race and belonging

By Tessa McWatt             Listen to excerpt and view ordering information here

What are you?’            

Tessa McWatt knows first-hand that the answer to this question, often asked of people of colour by white people, is always more complicated than it seems. Is the answer English, Scottish, British, Caribbean, Portuguese, Indian, Amerindian, French, African, Chinese, Canadian? Like most families, hers is steeped in myth and the anecdotes of grandparents and parents who recount their histories through the lens of desire, aspiration, loss, and shame.     

“Shame on Me” is also sold with this cover

In Shame On Me she unspools all the interwoven strands of her multicoloured inheritance, and knits them back together using additional fibres from literature and history to strengthen the weave of her refabricated tale. She dismantles her own body and examines it piece by piece to build a devastating and incisively subtle analysis of the race debate as it now stands, in this stunningly written exploration of who and what we truly are.

OTHER BOOKS BY TESSA MC WATT are listed HERE

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VIEW INTERVIEW WITH TESSA McWATT

The book was launched in the UK on Oct 3, 2019.  It has won the 2020 Bocas Lit Fest non fiction prize. Here is a link to the Bocas Lit Fest where Tessa reads an extract from the book.

https://www.facebook.com/bocaslitfest/videos/3023221947754590/

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