Olive Witch by Abeer Y. Hoque audiobook

Olive Witch: A Memoir

By Abeer Y. Hoque
Read by Abeer Y. Hoque

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9789351777007
7.21 Hours 1
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In the 1970s, Nigeria is flush with oil money, building new universities, and hanging on to old colonial habits. Abeer Hoque is a Bangladeshi girl growing up in a small sunlit town, where the red clay earth, corporal punishment and running games are facts of life. At thirteen she moves with her family to suburban Pittsburgh and finds herself surrounded by clouded skies and high schoolers who speak in movie quotes and pop culture slang. Finding her place as a young woman in America proves more difficult than she can imagine. Disassociated from her parents, and laid low by academic pressure and spiralling depression, she is committed to a psychiatric ward in Philadelphia. When she moves to Bangladesh on her own, it proves to be yet another beginning for someone who is only just getting used to being an outsider - wherever she is. Arresting and beautifully written, with poems and weather conditions framing each chapter, Olive Witch is an intimate memoir about taking the long way home.

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Summary

In the 1970s, Nigeria is flush with oil money, building new universities, and hanging on to old colonial habits. Abeer Hoque is a Bangladeshi girl growing up in a small sunlit town, where the red clay earth, corporal punishment and running games are facts of life. At thirteen she moves with her family to suburban Pittsburgh and finds herself surrounded by clouded skies and high schoolers who speak in movie quotes and pop culture slang. Finding her place as a young woman in America proves more difficult than she can imagine. Disassociated from her parents, and laid low by academic pressure and spiralling depression, she is committed to a psychiatric ward in Philadelphia. When she moves to Bangladesh on her own, it proves to be yet another beginning for someone who is only just getting used to being an outsider - wherever she is. Arresting and beautifully written, with poems and weather conditions framing each chapter, Olive Witch is an intimate memoir about taking the long way home.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An evocative examination of identity and what it means to be true to yourself.” Booklist
“Hoque charts a remarkably intercontinental journey of personal discovery while celebrating hard-won lessons of self-acceptance. A quietly moving memoir.” Kirkus Reviews
“A brave and gorgeous new voice has arrived among us and I am thrilled to welcome her into the fold.” Nayomi Munaweera, author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors
“An unflinching yet luminously beautiful take on family, race, sex, and the treachery of memory. Its razor-sharp edges can draw blood.” Sandip Roy, author of Don’t Let Him Know
“Hoque’s is an intelligent, riveting, startlingly honest voice. The writing is elegant and remains exhilarating even when the events are dark.” Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters Street
“Written with honesty, intelligence, and an eye for sensual detail, this is a fierce and gorgeous memoir.” Stephen Beachy, author of Boneyard
“A memoir that sneaks up on you, and suddenly you are captivated…A story of finding one’s place in a world that insists too strongly on national borders and other lines of division.” Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under the Udala Trees

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Author Bio: Abeer Y. Hoque

Author Bio: Abeer Y. Hoque

Abeer Y. Hoque is a Nigerian born Bangladeshi American writer and photographer. She has published a book of travel photographs and poems called The Long Way Home, and a book of linked stories, photographs, and poems called The Lovers and the Leavers. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has received several other fellowships and grants. She has degrees from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 7.21
Audience: Adult
Language: English