Hands for Language

Release: May 2020

A fifteen-year-old author tackles vital modern issues of our time.

Hands for Language is a groundbreaking poetry collection that expands the dialogue around literary representation. At its core, it is a bildungsroman in verse encompassing postcolonial and diasporic themes. This volume is intended to take readers on a journey through the eyes of a young girl of colour living in America. She explores themes of transnationalism, migration, language, family, and culture. Organized into four sections, Hands for Language mirrors her path to self-discovery and understanding. The collection is a commentary on the interaction between historical and modern conceptions of ethnicity, gender, and cultural identity. What is more remarkable is that these important themes of our times have been explored by a precocious and sensitive 15-year-old.

ISBN-13: 978-1-774150085  |  ISBN-10: 1-774150085

Trade Paperback  |  5.5″ x 8.5″  |  96pp

Praise

“Uniquely written in a distinct voice, Menon is a bright new voice for our time. … She’s one to watch.” —Ms. Magazine

Hands for Language tells a story of a child born/raised in America whose family immigrated from South India and dis/connection she feels to these places…Each time I reread the book, I am confronted anew with the sharpness of her images.” —Rungh

“Analytical tenderness is a rare virtue these days, which is why Menon’s memoir-of-verse is so exceptional.” —Ruminate Magazine

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