This Indian American writer builds upon her acclaimed memoir, named a PW Best Book for 1993.
Preface by Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Alexander's lyrical 1993 memoir traced her life in India, the Sudan, and the United States, exploring her diverse cultural experiences and her growth as a woman and a writer. In this revised and expanded edition, she re-envisions her life through new lenses of self-awareness, revealing buried memories of childhood sexual abuse and acknowledging her position as an "other" American in the post-September 11th world.
"Meena Alexander will be a part of the history of global culture. She knows how it looks, feels, tastes, and sounds; how it creates and splits identity. Ten years ago, she published an extraordinary memoir, Fault Lines. Now, with her habitual courage and subtlety and eloquence, she has interlaced the memoir's words with new experiences, perceptions, pain, and visions. Fault Lines is faultless." —Catharine R. Stimpson, Dean of the Graduate School, New York University
"This new edition of Fault Lines shows us a poet intent on seeing herself straight. . . . The narrative digs deeper into childhood and reexamines adulthood more painfully than its predecessor, but image." —Jill Ker Conway, author of True North
"Evocative and moving." —Publishers Weekly
"Meena Alexander's acute poetic sensibility makes this memoir a joy to read. At the same time, the writing is grounded enough to evoke the earthier loam of violence and reality." —Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Cracking India