Terroir: Love, Out of Place

Terroir: Love, Out of Place

by Natasha Sajé


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The word “terroir” refers to the climate and soil in which something is grown. Natasha Sajé applies this idea to the environments that nurture and challenge us, exploring in particular how the immigrant experience has shaped her identity. She revisits people and literature across her life, including her experiences as the child of European refugees in suburban New Jersey, taken under the wing of a widowed neighbor; a winter spent waitressing in Switzerland; her marriage to a Jamaican man in Baltimore; and finally her marriage to a woman in Salt Lake City.

This memoir-in-essays combines poetic lyricism with incisive commentary on nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and class. Reminding us that change is constant in our lives, Sajé asks how terroir creates identity. Throughout, the English language is her most fertile ground.

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ISBN-13: 9781595349323
Publisher: Trinity University Press
Publication date: 11/10/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 851,828
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Natasha Sajé is the author of three award-winning poetry collections, most recently Vivarium, and the postmodern poetry handbook Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory. She is a professor of English at Westminster College and a faculty member in the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program. She lives in Salt Lake City.

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