(from Dundurn Press)
In 1977, Priscila Uppal’s father drank contaminated water in Antigua and within 48 hours was a quadriplegic. Priscila was two years old. Five years later, her mother, Theresa, drained the family’s bank accounts and disappeared to Brazil. After two attempts to abduct her children, Theresa had no further contact with the family.
In 2002, Priscila happened on her mother’s website, which featured a childhood photograph of Priscila and her brother. A few weeks later, Priscila summoned the nerve to contact the woman who’d abandoned her.
The emotional reunion was alternately shocking, hopeful, humorous, and devastating, as Priscila came to realize that not only did she not love her mother, she didn’t even like her.
Projection is a visceral, precisely written, brutally honest memoir that takes a probing look at a very unusual mother-daughter relationship, yet offers genuine comfort to all facing their own turbulent and unresolved familial relationships.
Projection was a finalist for the $60,000 Hilary Weston Prize and the $25,000 Governor General’s Award.
Praise for Projection
“[S]uperbly conveyed without any excessive literary artifice…The rigorousness of the structure and the sentence-to-sentence quality of the writing here is borderline-heroic considering the rawness of the scenario…Projection is a book that’s simultaneously cerebral and visceral, and its ardent refusal of any sort of mind-body split—to sacrifice sophistication for sentiment or vice versa—is the sign of an author who has thrown herself wholly into her book.”
–Adam Nayman, The National Post (for PROJECTION)
“Startling…left me with a long list of movies to be seen…This beautifully written memoir goes far to explode many of the myths of family, often made of fantasy.”
–Andrew Armitage, The Sun Times (Owen Sound)
“Uppal brings her unique lyrical approach to one of literature’s trickiest forms—the family memoir. Projection mines the intimate depths of the author’s most private experiences, as she bravely tackles being reunited with the woman who deserted her…Incorporating movie and pop-culture references as storytelling devices is what makes this book truly shine…Above all, Uppal is an impeccable writer, deftly infusing complex scenes and emotions with power and weight…a worthy read.”
–Stacey May Fowles, Quill & Quire
“[A] heartbreaking memoir” Number one pick for fall books by Toronto writers you must read