Hub Talks: Yrsa Daley-Ward and the Terrible
From an explosive new literary talent, a dark, poetic memoir about terrible things that happen and terrible things that turn out well: a tale of girlhood, femininity, family secrets, addiction, sexuality, dangerous transactions and – most of all – hope
This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward. A writer of Jamaican and Nigerian heritage, Yrsa was brought up in Chorley in the northwest of England, with her beautiful careworn mother and little brother who sees things written in the stars. Her memoir details life growing up as one of the only black faces in a poor white town, with a struggling single mother who worked nights and devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents.
Half coming of age, half adult story, The Terrible is about growing up and discovering the power and fear of sexuality, about pitch-grey days of pills and powder: going under, losing yourself, and finding your voice.
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Yrsa Daley-Ward; Kiese Laymon