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Ancestor Trouble

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Ancestor Trouble by Maud Newton
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Mar 29, 2022 | ISBN 9780812997927

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“Extraordinary and wide-ranging . . . a literary feat.”New York Times Book Review

“A rigorous wrestling with the anxieties of ancestry that is as deep as it is broad.”NPR

“Riveting and timely.”Washington Post

“Wide-ranging yet intimate.”Vanity Fair

“[A] powerful debut.”—Oprah Daily

“In grappling with her history, Newton explores intergenerational trauma, genetics and epigenetics, considering all the ways in which getting to know our ancestors can help us gain perspective on ourselves.”—Time

“At a moment of reckoning over America’s violent history, her book is a salutary call for an ‘acknowledgment genealogy’ of the harms that are hidden in many family trees.”The Economist

“A guide to the pitfalls and lessons one might encounter on a quest to reconcile the complicated terrain of familial relationships with the simple fact of descendancy.”Wired

“Newton’s great openness to and evocations of all the journeys she took turn into Ancestor Trouble’s great beauty, poignancy, and power.”Los Angeles Review of Books

Ancestor Trouble does what all truly great memoirs do: It takes an intensely personal and at times idiosyncratic story and uses it to frame larger, more complex questions about how identity is formed.”The New Republic

“Newton is a logical thinker and a hyperacute observer, with a prodigious memory and a lacerating honesty. She’s a transparent and at times lyrical writer.”LA Times

“With the rigor of a historian and the voice of a mystery writer, Newton pulls the reader into a philosophical exploration of trauma and heritage.  . . .  A magisterial memoir.”The Observer

“From a grandfather known to have had 13 marriages to ancestors with mental illnesses to a relative accused of being a witch in Puritanical Massachusetts, her research will keep you hooked (and have you planning your own family tree analysis).”CNN

“Riveting . . . Masterfully blending memoir and cultural criticism, Newton explores the cultural, scientific, and spiritual dimensions of ancestry, arguing for the transformational power of grappling with our inheritances.”—Esquire

“Captivating . . . Wide learning and roving speculation distinguish Ancestor Trouble.”Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A passionate memoir and investigation of inheritance and bloodlines . . . . [A] fascinating, well written book.”Minneapolis Star Tribune

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