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Red Dust Road: An Autobiographical Journey Hardcover – April 13, 2011

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“Starred Review. Kay’s complex life story is fascinating on all fronts—cultural, emotional, and artistic. But it is her sparkling warmth, generous candor, depthless compassion, glinting humor, and linguistic pizazz that make this such a stellar chronicle of a deeply personal investigative and imaginative journey, a profoundly affecting inquiry into the enigmas of self and kinship, and a celebration of transcendent goodness.” (Booklist)

About the Author

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Jackie Kay is a poet, novelist, and short story writer who is widely acclaimed for her work for children as well as for adults. She lives in Manchester, England.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atlas (April 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935633341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935633341
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jessica Weissman on March 23, 2011
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Jackie Kay is wonderful company, and so are her adoptive parents. If you've read her novels or short stories or poems, you probably already know this. And if you've read her Adoption Papers book of poems, you already know that she has thought and felt deeply about all members of what is now called the adoption triad - the child, the birth mother, and the adoptive mother.

Much later in life, Jackie Kay took up a serious search for her birth parents. She found them easily (thanks in part to the Internet), but making real contact wasn't quite so easy as meeting them. She brings us to her meetings with her birth mother and birth father - who have both become religious zealots. Sharp contrast to her communist adoptive parents. Luckily we spend much more time with the adoptive parents, who are lovingly portrayed and a hoot to boot.

No matter how many times you've read variations on the adoption reunion journey, there is always something new to learn, and a new set of emotions to observe. As a poetic writer, Jackie Kay is able to express what might at first seem the same old stuff in ways well worth reading. And there is an unexpected emotional payoff at the end.

Highly recommended. And I wish they'd used the cover photo from the UK edition instead of the the more abstrace one on the US edition.
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This is a beautiful--and suspenseful--family story. Jackie Kay caught my attention on the first page and held it until the end. Who wouldn't want to meet her lively and lovable Scottish mum and dad, or be a fly-on-the-wall at her first encounter with her God-inspired Nigerian biological father?
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