Where do those relegated to the margins find belonging?
In her luminous debut Unbelonging, Gayatri Sethi deftly interweaves verse, memoir, and a bold call to action as she recounts her experience searching for home in the diaspora.
Drawing upon her life story as a Tanzanian-born-Punjabi turned American educator and mother of multiracial children, Sethi tells an intimate tale of stepping into her power while confronting misogyny, racism, and empire.
Spanning decades and continents– from Partition to the Black Lives Matter movement, Southern Africa to Muscogee Lands– Unbelonging tells urgent truths, inspires critical self-reflection, and emboldens its readers to pursue radical forms of justice, compassion, and solidarity.
A beautiful debut that educates and inspires.
As has been described, this is not an easily-categorized work. Rather, it transcends simple, restrictive definitions and rises to new levels of possibility with poetry, memoir, wisdom, and aspiration.
Those that know me well, know well the role that my names, my identity, my sense (or lack) of Be-Longing have played in my own life and relationships. What a joy then, both pleasurable and challenging to know how well I am seen, reflected, and changed by these pages from the incomparable Dr. Gayatri Sethi.
This is a unique gift from a unparalleled voice who is willing to share, to courageously question, to inspire, to provoke, to name, and to un-name our perceived limitations.