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'A fresh and exciting feminist memoir about what it means to never feel at home where you live.

''I was born in a hospital in Suva, Fiji. I can't recall ever seeing the building on my trips back to the city, first as a child or later as an adult. I imagine it in shades of blue and brown, the plastic waiting room chairs covered in the fine film of moisture that creeps over everything there. It is not a place I've thought of often, but I think of it now and wonder how it has shaped me.

'I am Fijian-Indian, and have lived in Australia since I was three years old. Memories of my early life in Fiji are limited to flashes, like an old film projector running backwards. I remember a blue dress, a trip on a boat where my father handed me a dried, floating starfish that I clutched in my fingers, determined not to lose it back to the ocean.'

''No Country Woman is the story of never knowing where you belong. It's about not feeling represented in the media you consumed, not being connected to the culture of your forebears, not having the respect of your peers.

'It's about living in a multicultural society with a monocultural focus but being determined to be heard.

'It's about challenging society's need to define us and it's a rallying cry for the future.

'It's a memoir full of heart, fury and intelligence - and the book we need right now.'  (Publication summary)

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  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2018 .
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      Extent: 272p.
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      • Published: 14th August 2018
         

      ISBN: 9780733640063

Works about this Work

Tamara Lazaroff Reviews No Country Woman by Zoya Patel Tamara Lazaroff , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , March no. 23 2019;

— Review of No Country Woman : A Memoir Of Not Belonging Zoya Patel , 2018 single work autobiography

'Zoya Patel’s No Country Woman: A Memoir of Not Belonging is a collection of twelve memoir essays that explore the experience of growing up as a migrant and person of colour in Australia – in particular, negotiating the tangle of hyphens which Patel inhabits as a female Indian-Fijian-Australian. In the work, then, Patel examines identity, race and gender, from a personal standpoint.'  (Introduction)

Zoya Patel : No Country Woman TM , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 18-24 August 2018;

'“Family and selflessness are at the heart of the culture that I was raised within,” writes Zoya Patel, whose debut memoir charts the “mishmash” of her Fijian–Indian–Australian heritage. “Self-determination is a conceit, and the wellbeing of the majority is prioritised.”'  (Introduction)

Tamara Lazaroff Reviews No Country Woman by Zoya Patel Tamara Lazaroff , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Mascara Literary Review , March no. 23 2019;

— Review of No Country Woman : A Memoir Of Not Belonging Zoya Patel , 2018 single work autobiography

'Zoya Patel’s No Country Woman: A Memoir of Not Belonging is a collection of twelve memoir essays that explore the experience of growing up as a migrant and person of colour in Australia – in particular, negotiating the tangle of hyphens which Patel inhabits as a female Indian-Fijian-Australian. In the work, then, Patel examines identity, race and gender, from a personal standpoint.'  (Introduction)

Zoya Patel : No Country Woman TM , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 18-24 August 2018;

'“Family and selflessness are at the heart of the culture that I was raised within,” writes Zoya Patel, whose debut memoir charts the “mishmash” of her Fijian–Indian–Australian heritage. “Self-determination is a conceit, and the wellbeing of the majority is prioritised.”'  (Introduction)

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