Poetry. Jewish Studies. Women’s Studies. Set just before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD is at once a condemnation of the world, a daydream of America, and an unsent love letter — written and rewritten over the course of ten years — to a dead family. A meditation on intergenerational trauma, resilience, and hope, HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD is written in the tradition of epic poetry and follows the author as she retraces her mother’s journey to New York City in the summer of ’89. A Jewish-Uyghur refugee, the author is born along the way, marking the unclear boundary when the memory of a family becomes historical memory, loss the condition of a new beginning. HOW TO LOVE THE WORLD casts refugee women and daughters as the rightful judges of the world and the world as the rightful home of all human beings.
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