#Non-fiction Things I Have Withheld (essays)
- Author: Kei Miller
- Title: Things I Have Withheld
- Published: 2021
- Genre: essays
- Monthly plan
- Trivia: Finalist for Shortlist 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction
- The first thing that impressed me was the title:
- Things I Have Withheld
- This book explores the meanings of silence and the things we cannot say.
- There are letters to James Baldwin and Kenyan writer Binyaranga Wainaina.
- But Miller also offers musings on his family’s secrets….
Who is Kei Miller?
- He is my selection for #ReadingDiversely
- Caribbean literature.
- Kei Miller is a Jamaican poet, essayist, and novelist. (info wikipedia link)
- He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Exeter.
- These are high quality essays
- …well written and they touch the soul!
- Unfortunately only 6 of the 14 essays touched MY soul.
- The introduction is the hook… very personal, powerful.
- Miller’s first letter to James Baldwin was absolutely wonderful!
- Second essay: Mr. Brown, Mrs. White and Ms. Black
- highlighted the classism “…on these rocks that we call islands
- …that we call home.”
- The author shines as a storyteller in the essay that will catch
- every reader’s eye The Old Black Woman Who Sat In the Corner
- But after the first 6 essays there was less storytelling and more ramblings.
- The result is a mish-mash names, observations during Carnival in Kingston
- …trips to Kenya and Ghana Africa and he text drowns in a sea of memories.
- Mr Miller tries to bookend the collection in the last essay
- …another letter to James Baldwin that was not as good as the first
- …but by now my interest was waning.
- #GoodRead essays 1-6 then
- ….I say try it and see if your like it more than I did.