VIVID REPORTING: Badkhen is a rare journalist doing this kind of fully immersive work, embedding herself in communities to illuminate people and places obscured by modern, urban life. Badkhen illuminates their ways of life, and the linkage to ours, approaching her subjects with empathy, honesty, and perspective.
RAVES FOR THE HARDCOVER: Critics have hailed Fisherman’s Blues as “remarkable” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), and proclaimed “Anna Badkhen will transform you” (Paste)
TIMELY: The fishermen Badkhen embedded herself with are contending with an ecosystem drastically altered by both climate change and exploitation of resources. Badkhen shows how our actions affect them - and what we can learn from them about adapting.
TIMELESS: This is a classic account of a people and a place and forces of change.
PLENTY TO DISCUSS: This is the kind of nonfiction - multicultural, narrative, personal, anchored in characters with whom a range of readers can identify - that’s perfect for discussion in classrooms and book groups alike.
Praise for Fisherman’s Blues:
“No polemical treatise, Badkhen’s Fisherman’s Blues offers a critical take through subtle and beautiful methods of storytelling. It creates a remarkable snapshot of lives we’d otherwise never know.” -Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“In elegiac vignettes, Badkhen portrays the trick and snare of a heroic and punishing profession…Fisherman’s Blues is Badkhen’s ode to a community’s fraught ties to geography, and a gentle lament for an existence eroding at the shoreline.” -Dallas Morning News
“In the span of 300 pages, Anna Badkhen will transform you from knowing nothing about this Senegalese community to being completely transfixed by their stories.” -Paste Magazine
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