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I've Been Meaning to Tell You


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In the tradition of Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between the World and Me, acclaimed novelist David Chariandy's latest is an intimate and profoundly beautiful meditation on the politics of race today

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David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. He is the author of the novels Soucouyant and Brother, and the nonfiction work I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter. In 2019, he won Yale's Windham-Campbell Prize in fiction.


David Chariandy's letter to his daughter is in turns disquieting, heartfelt, unflinchingly, tender, wry; writ large with love throughout. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful books I have ever read -- Aminatta Forna
There is, as you pick it up, nothing to prepare you for its power, unless you already know Chariandy's fiction. He writes slender books that go straight to the heart ... But this new book is devastating in a new way because it is non-fiction - and personal * Observer *
Reminiscent of Coates's and Adichie's letters, I've Been Meaning to Tell You builds upon foundational discussions of race and gender, layering in intersections of class and citizenship with a flawless hand. Chariandy is smart, tender, and often funny as he weaves together narrative and analysis to navigate perhaps the most complex relationship of all: that of father and daughter * Sara Novic, author of Girl at War *
Chariandy's stunning book is both a precise puncturing of the post-racial bubble, as well as an incredibly personal and powerful letter to his daughter. I wish I could have read this when I was growing up * Nafkote Tamirat, author of The Parking Lot Attendant *
A brilliant, powerful elegy from a living brother to a lost one, yet pulsing with rhythm, and beating with life -- Praise for 'Brother', Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'
I love this novel. Riveting, composed, charged with feeling, Brother surrounds us with music and aspiration, fidelity and beauty -- Praise for 'Brother', Madeleine Thien, author of Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Mesmerizing. Poetic. Achingly soulful -- Lawrence Hill, author of 'The Book of Negroes'

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