A groundbreaking new series of personal nonfiction in which a diverse group of writers takes readers on a guided tour of that most intimate terrain: their own faces.
Alternately philosophical, funny, personal, political, and poetic, the short memoirs in THE FACE series offer unique perspectives on race, culture, identity, and the human experience from some of our most dynamic literary writers. Our inspiration for The Face comes from a passage by Jorge Luis Borges:
“A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.”
“It's a jazzy concept: Give hugely talented writers the same basic notes (their own faces), turn them loose and watch them riff seemingly endless melodic variations on the theme. The prompt is diabolically clever…. deep, intricate, often funny, and genuinely moving meditations on family, ancestry, race, ethnicity, culture, aging, past, present and future…. If Restless Books can sustain this level of quality throughout the series, I'm in for the long haul.”
“The first installments in Restless Books' new nonfiction series, THE FACE, are compact, penetrating essays exploring the intersection between the personal and the cultural. Ozeki, Abani and Aw put forth wildly divergent takes on the simple premise of "the face," in works that seamlessly blend memoir and criticism. Ultimately, what we have are highly concentrated ruminations on race, identity and history by some of the most astute literary minds from across the globe. THE FACE highlights the diversity and universality of what it means to be human. Profound stuff.”
—Keaton Patterson, Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)
by Ruth Ozeki
“Ruth Ozeki, a Zen Buddhist priest, sets herself the task of staring at her face in a mirror for three full, uninterrupted hours; her ruminations ripple out from personal and familial memories to wise and honest meditations on families and aging, race and the body.”
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Paperback List Price: $9.99 • ISBN: 9781632060525 • Publication: 3/1/16 • 4-1/2" x 6” • 176 pages • Memoir / Personal Essay / Race and Diversity / Asian American / Zen Buddhism • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9781632060150
By Chris Abani
“A fascinating meditation on identity that explores the novelist’s own mixed heritage and mixed feelings….[Abani is] a true citizen of the world….With great insight and compassion, Abani reveals that behind his—and every—face are unseen scars.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
Paperback List Price: $9.99 • ISBN: 9781632060433 • Publication: 3/1/16 • 4-1/2" x 6” • 96 pages • Memoir / Personal Essay / African American • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9781632060143
by Tash Aw
“Tash Aw’s The Face, so wise and so well done, made me wish it were much longer than it is.”
—Chimamanda Adichie, The Guardian's Best Books of 2016
From the the award-winning author of Five Star Billionaire and The Harmony Silk Factory comes a whirlwind personal history of modern Asia, as told through his Malaysian and Chinese heritage.
Paperback List Price: $9.99 • ISBN: 9781632060457 • Publication: 3/1/16 • 4-1/2" x 6” • 80 pages • Memoir / Personal Essay / Southeast Asia • Territory: World • eBook ISBN: 9781632060594
by Tahmima Anam
One of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists and winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book Award, Bangladeshi-born author Tahmima Anam’s The Face: Third World Blues movingly explores the double binds placed on people who immigrate to the “developed” world.
Paperback List Price: $12.99 • ISBN: 9781632061959 • Publication: 4/30/19 • 4-1/2" x 6” • 120 pages • Memoir / Personal Essay / Race and Diversity / Immigration / Family • Territory: World English • eBook ISBN: 9781632061966
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