Much of her writing pertains to the unique experience of growing up as a member of a tight-knit Indian community in a state where they comprised less than half a percentage point of the overall population. She also writes opinion pieces and commentary regarding her experiences as a Civics teacher in the Boston Public Schools for the last 16 years.
So, what's the book about?
When Neema Avashia tells people where she’s from, their response is nearly always a disbelieving “There are Indian people in West Virginia?” A queer Asian American teacher and writer, Avashia fits few Appalachian stereotypes. But the lessons she learned in childhood about race and class, gender and sexuality continue to inform the way she moves through the world today: how she loves, how she teaches, how she advocates, how she struggles.
Another Appalachia examines both the roots and the resonance of Avashia’s identity as a queer desi Appalachian woman, while encouraging readers to envision more complex versions of both Appalachia and the nation as a whole. With lyric and narrative explorations of foodways, religion, sports, standards of beauty, social media, gun culture, and more, Another Appalachia mixes nostalgia and humor, sadness and sweetness, personal reflection and universal questions.
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Reviews & Interviews
‘Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place’
-- The Daily Yonder
Divisions and Distances in “Another Appalachia” -- Southern Review of Books
Author Neema Avashia on identity, relationships, and coming up queer and Indian in Appalachia -- Rural Assembly
Neema Avashia describes 'Another Appalachia' -- The Reckon Interview
Growing up in "Another Appalachia" is more relatable than you think: "I keep finding myself here" -- Salon
Max Ruthless (they/them) -- Store Owner
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