Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Canada (March 7 2017)
Synopsis: In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi deploys her razor-sharp humour to share her fears, outrages and mortifying experiences as an outsider growing up in Canada. Her subjects range from shaving her knuckles in grade school, to a shopping trip gone horribly awry, to dealing with internet trolls, to feeling out of place at an Indian wedding (as an Indian woman), to parsing the trajectory of fears and anxieties that pressed upon her immigrant parents and bled down a generation. Alongside these personal stories are pointed observations about life as a woman of colour, where every aspect of her appearance is open for critique, derision or outright scorn. Where strict gender rules bind in both Western and Indian cultures, forcing her to confront questions about gender dynamics, racial tensions, ethnic stereotypes and her father’s creeping mortality—all as she tries to find her feet in the world.
With a clear eye and biting wit, Scaachi Koul explores the absurdity of a life steeped in misery. And through these intimate, wise and laugh-out-loud funny dispatches, a portrait of a bright new literary voice emerges.
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Calling all Amy Schuster, Ellen Degeneres, Mindy Kaling and Chelsea Handler fans – There is a new book to add to your collection of humorous essay books! ONE DAY WE’LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER is a laugh out loud hilarious read.
Scaachi Koul tackles topics such as family, race, body image, and relationships with her brilliantly catching voice jumping off the page and into your ear. She does a great job of showing the reader how having brown skin can change your life, even in Canada. Her writing is so brutally honest, you can’t help but get sucked in from the first page.
This book is a must read for Canadians – especially (and by that really mean, MOSTLY) for women. I have no other words to write except READ.THIS.BOOK! NOW!
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Penguin Canada*