Southbound

Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change

Southbound

Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Change

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Anjali Enjeti's Southbound is the conversation you've been meaning to have with a friend about changing the world for the better. Informed, thoughtful, and compassionate, Southbound is required reading for these times.

—Jessica Handler, author of The Magnetic Girl

Southbound is a testament to Anjali Enjeti's fierce eye and knack for landing uneasy truths.

—Mira Jacob, author of Good Talk

Southbound is a potent tonic for our times-ambitious in its scope and refreshing in its candor. These are fiercely intelligent essays that examine the complexities of how power works on, through, and maybe even for us. Recommended reading for anyone interested in doing the same.

—Lacy Johnson, author of The Reckonings

I have long been a fan of journalist and activist Anjali Enjeti's work, and I am delighted that her essay collection Southbound delivers on her most admirable legacy. Enjeti does not shy away from investigating her own, her community's, this country's, and in fact the world's casual acceptance of racism and xenophobia in all its many insidious forms. Plus, as a southerner and South Asian woman, Enjeti looks at anti-Blackness from several lenses and offers a model for not just how to acknowledge one's own complicity in the endless atrocities of racism but also how to act and go beyond just the plush label of ally. This book had me in tears many times but the gift of its deep intelligence and candor, the pain and the passion in these pages, gave me a lot of hope for all of us in a pretty hopeless time. This is a book I hope every American reads.

—Porochista Khakpour, author of Brown Album: Essays on Exile & Identity