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This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart
A Memoir in Halves
By (author): Madhur Anand
9780771007774 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / General Jun 30, 2020
$26.00 CAD
Active 5.53 x 8.21 x 0.83 in | 0.72 lb 320 pages McClelland & Stewart Strange Light
“Wondrously and elegantly written in language that astonishes and moves the reader…. This is an important book: an emotional and intellectual tour de force.”—Jane Urquhart

An experimental memoir about Partition, immigration, and generational storytelling, This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart weaves together the poetry of memory with the science of embodied trauma using the imagined voices of the past and the vital authority of the present.

We begin before the red line is drawn across Punjab, with a man off balance: one in one thousand, the only child in town whose polio leads to partial paralysis. We meet his future wife, on the wrong side of the line, chanting Hai Rams for Gandhiji and choosing education over marriage. On one side of the line that divides this book, we follow them as their homeland splits in two and they come together, moving to Canada and raising their children in mining towns and in crowded city apartments. And when we turn the book over, we find the daughter’s tale: how the rupture of Partition, the asymmetry of a father’s leg, and the virus of a mother’s rage made their way to the next generation. Told through the lenses of biology, physics, history, and poetry, this is a memoir that defies form and convention to immerse the reader in the feeling of what remains when we’ve heard as much of the truth as our families will allow, and we’re left to search for ourselves among the pieces they’ve carried with them.

AUTHOR WITH BUZZ AND AN INTERESTING PROFILE: Madhur was awarded the 2017 Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence in Fiction, and listed as a “Writer to Watch” by CBC. Her debut book of poetry was called a “triumph” in a Publisher’s Weekly starred review, nominated for the Trillium Book Award, and listed as one of Canadian Broadcasting Agency’s ten all-time “trailblazing” collections. She is a full professor of ecology and sustainability at the University of Guelph, the poetry editor for Canadian Notes and Queries, and a member of Walrus Magazine’s Educational Review Committee.

COMPELLING TOPIC TOLD IN A NEW WAY: While Partition has inspired both historical analysis and iconic fiction (Midnight’s Children), it has not often been explored through the lens of creative non-fiction. Crucially, Madhur brings the event to life for a new generation writing as a daughter of immigrants and tracing the echoes of the rupture for a new age.

BLURB COMMITMENTS: Dionne Brand and Lee Smolin have already offered to blurb the book. Madhur is well-connected in literary circles and has several additional high profile authors she thinks she could approach for support.

Madhur Anand is the author of the book of poems A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes (McClelland & Stewart/PHRC, 2015) and the experimental memoir This Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart (Strange Light/ PHRC, 2020), both considered trailblazing in their synthesis of art and science. Her second collection of poems will be published by McClelland & Stewart in Spring 2022. She is a full professor of ecology at the University of Guelph, and was appointed the inaugural director of the Guelph Institute for Environmental Research. 

Author Residence: Guelph, Ontario

Author Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario

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“Wondrously and elegantly written in language that astonishes and moves the reader, Madhur Anand’s exquisite and complex memoir explores memory, science, place, migration, relationships, and ecology, and delves deeply into the multiple meanings of partition. This is an important book: an emotional and intellectual tour de force.” — Jane Urquhart, author of The Stonecarvers 

“An electrical storm of a book. Sweeping, gorgeous, bold and piercing, Madhur Anand writes with control and heat, a far-reaching brain and a poet’s heart. This Red Line achieves the rarest feat: it takes two asymmetrical halves and assembles them into a whole––as vivid and uneasy as life itself.”
— Claudia Dey, Heartbreaker and Stunt

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