This Is One Way to Dance: Essays Audiobook, by Sejal Shah Play Audiobook Sample

This Is One Way to Dance: Essays Audiobook

This Is One Way to Dance: Essays Audiobook, by Sejal Shah Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Priya Ayyar Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798212012423

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Longest Chapter Length:

32:55 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:41 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

11:16 minutes

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A powerful meditation on identity and belonging, Sejal Shah explores the tension of being both invisible and hyper-visible in a country that struggles with race. The daughter of immigrants from Indian and Kenya, Shah wrestles with her experiences growing up in—and returning to—western New York, an area of stark racial and socioeconomic segregation. Her work illuminates how we are all marked by family and place; by the limits of our bodies; by our losses and regrets; by who and what we love; by our ambivalences and our silences. This is a book about growing up Indian in non-Indian places, about what it means to be American, South Asian American, a writer of color, and a feminist. Shah considers the implications of being asked where are you from—the geographic and cultural distances between people, how these gaps are imagined and real, constructed and changing. These literary essays will certainly appeal to readers of short stories and poetry as well. 

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“One of the most nuanced, wise, and tender portraits of immigration I have ever read.”

— Kiran Desai, Man Booker Prize–winning author 


  • “This is a sensitive, poignant collection.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • An NPR Best Book of 2020
  • Winner of an IPPY Silver Medal
  • Finalist for the Foreword Indies Award
  • A Nautilus Gold Award Winner

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About Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah is a poet who works in prose, writing across genres and disciplines. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Guardian, Brevity, Conjunctions, Guernica, the Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, Longreads, and The Rumpus. She lives in Rochester, New York.

About Priya Ayyar

Priya Ayyar is an audiobook narrator, actor, and writer with a BFA and MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her acting credits for television and film include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, All My Children, and the documentary The Children of War. She has appeared on stage in War of the Unheard, Aminta, and The Road Home, and she has written and performed in the plays Karmic Fusion and Losing Remote Control.