The second section in All the Women in My Family Sing is all about feeling at home in the world. This section includes essays about the importance of place and how different locations affect someone’s identity, ancestry, family, and sense of belonging. We read
“Reclaiming Indigenous Space” by Blaire Topash-Caldwell; “Proof of Blood” by Sara Marchant; “The Perfect Life” by Fabiana Monteiro; “Swimming in the New Normal” by Shizue Seigel, “Escape from the Cambodian Killing Fields” by Tammy Thea; “This Is How You Do” by Phiroozeh Petigara; “Truth Be Told” by Sridevi Ramanathan; “Home” by Porochista Khakpour; and “stay” by Michelle Mush Lee.
Choose two of these essays and provide a brief summary of the text. What was the main idea? How does the story explore the idea of home or belonging? Which events and details are important in the story?