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Stephanie Sy-Quia: Amnion


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‘A brilliant and beautiful book which wrestles with the scope and ache of lineage, the origin and myth and making of ourselves’ Rachel Long, author of My Darling from the Lions

What does it mean to be a person of multitudinous countries and heritages? Amnion excavates migratory histories, colonialism and class, moving from England to France, the United States, Spain, Germany, Libya and the Philippines. In this chronicle of a family’s history divided by geography and language, Stephanie Sy-Quia explores the reverberations that the actions of one generation can have on the next, through acts of bravery and resistance, great and small.

Simultaneously mapping and undoing ideas of the self, everything here is contested. Undefinable in form, combining aspects of fiction, epic poetry and the lyric essay, and merging classical thought and contemporary life to show the joy in living and art, Amnion’s broad intellect and undulating emotional landscape is a testament to the families we are given and those that we choose.

‘Unlike almost anything I’ve read – so alive it seems to squirm to the touch’
Will Harris, author of RENDANG, winner of the Forward Prize for Best First Collection

Stephanie Sy-Quia was born in 1995 in California and now lives in London. She studied English at Oxford and currently works as a freelance journalist. Her writing has appeared in the FT Weekend, TLS, Economist, Spectator and TANK magazine, and has twice been shortlisted for the FT Bodley Head Essay prize.


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