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Reading like a girl

by Rishma Dunlop

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Reading Like a Girl recounts the story of immigration to Canada from India as a small child, the daughter of Sikh Punjabi parents. Juxtaposed against cultural displacement are the narratives of childhood in a suburb ranging from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. Themes of childhood and adolescence, cultural difference, hybridization, and the education of girls and women are intertwined with the lyrics of Punjabi lullabies and ghazals, the music of Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Harry Belafonte. The narrator constructs her life through the books and comics she reads: Nancy Drew and Wonderwoman, Emma Bovary, Anna Karenina and the love stories of Chekhov.

Reading Like a Girl moves from learning to skate to struggling to reconcile diverse cultural, ethnic and religious customs, to grieving for the premature death of a father, and ultimately, to a sense of grace.

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