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Rani Patel In Full Effect

The Globe and Mail

You haven’t heard this voice in YA before. It’s 1991 and 16-year-old Rani is an Indian girl living on the Hawaiian island of Moloka’i. She’s plagued by the deep trauma that has resulted from her parents’ arranged marriage and repeated sexual abuse by her father. But Rani is a survivor. She finds solace, renewal and forward momentum in writing and performing rap about misogyny and damaging cultural norms. This is a robust debut by Sonia Patel, a Stanford-educated psychiatrist who lives and works in Hawaii, and one that is not watered down for mass-market consumption. An extensive six-page glossary helps decode the Hawaiian and Gujarati slang, guiding readers through the singular experience of a girl who raps, “I rhyme about being free/cuz I am trying to be/the change I want to see.”
- December 30, 2016  Visit Website

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