A beautiful and profound memoir about family, motherhood, race, and raising a black child in America today
In this moving collection of essays from a fresh new voice, Nishta J. Mehra takes us into her life—the daughter of Indian American immigrants, the wife of a white Christian woman from Texas, and the mother of an adopted black child, Shiv. Mehra’s life is a series of intersecting boundaries—of race, gender, sexuality, and religion—and these essays examine the ways she navigates the various communities and ideologies that make up her family’s life. This is a book about moving between boundaries and establishing a space for yourself and your children that doesn’t conform to rigid notions of what it means to be a family. Mehra writes movingly of her love for Shiv, and her desire to protect her child at all costs, even as she also feels responsible for preparing her child for the harsh realities of being a black in America today.