Root & Branch : Essays on Inheritance

‘There is a Turkish saying that one’s home is not where one is born, but where one grows full – dogdugun yer degil, doydugun yer.’Mixing the personal and political, Eda Gunaydin’s bold and innovative writing explores race, class, gender and violence, and Turkish diaspora. Equal parts piercing, tender and funny, this book takes us from an overworked and underpaid cafe job in western Sydney, the motherdaughter tradition of sharing a meal in the local kebab shop, to the legacies of family migration, and intergenerational trauma. Root and Branch seeks to unsettle neat descriptions of belonging and place. What are the legacies of migration, apart from loss? And how do we find comfort in where we are?