Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusans memoir The Body Papers bravely explores her experiences with sexual abuse, depression, cancer, and life as a Filipino immigrant, supplemented with government documents, medical records, and family photos.Born in the Philippines, young Grace Talusan moves with her family to a New England suburb in the 1970s. At school, she confronts racism as one of the few kids with a brown face. At home, the confusion is worse: her grandfathers nightly visits to her room leave her hurt and terrified, and she learns to build a protective wall of silence that maps onto the larger silence practiced by her Catholic Filipino family. Talusan learns as a teenager that her familys legal status in the country has always hung by a threadfor a time, they were illegal. Family, shes told, must be put first. The abuse and trauma Talusan suffers as a child affects all her relationships, her mental health, and her relationship with her own b...
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The Body Papers Reviews
Loved the writing, disappointed in the editing. Several overly-detailed callbacks to stories that have already been explained in chapters of their own. Many reminders of who people are when as a reader I already felt I knew them personally. A few times I thought I had actually accidentally started re-reading paragraphs that were, in fact, just written twice with slight tweaks. The writing is truly beautiful and the stories are moving, but the memoir needs a new round of sharp eyes to keep the au ...more
4.5 This is a memoir filled with difficult experiences. Grace Talusan voice is both brave and beautiful. My only criticism is that sometimes the transitions between either time periods or experiences were a little clumsy. A very worthy book that shows the experience of immigration to the United States and the difficulties of being a person of color in a mainly white world.
Wonderful essays on immigration, cancer, and trauma - both individual and generational. Grace Talusan does an amazing job describing her own journey through all three through the eyes of her ancestors and contemporary relatives.
This was one of my most powerful reading experiences. I wanted to cry for Grace and her husband after I put it down, for what they went through regarding sexual and physical abuse, racism, immigrant issues, the threat of cancer genes, and family rifts and reconciliations. Grace weaves her story in a combination of vignettes and coherent narratives, depending on when each is appropriate, and creates a pastiche of a turbulent journey to integrity, social conscience, and success. That they were abl ...more