Learning to mother at the end of the world is an infinite toggle between wanting to make you feel safe and needing you to know that the earth and its inhabitants are facing a catastrophic crisis.
In The Breaks, Julietta Singh pens a luminous and moving letter to her six-year-old daughter about race, climate change and inheritance.
At school, Singh’s daughter is learning about history, society and culture but at home she must learn to challenge and interrogate these stories. As Singh and her daughter discuss subjects as wide-ranging and interconnected as race, the legacies of colonialism, queer family-making, extractive capitalism, mass consumption and climate catastrophe, their conversations reveal how our survival depends on breaking with the stories we’ve been told, and beginning to imagine new ones.
Working in the traditions of James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Maggie Nelson, and bringing us right up to the present day, Singh presents a remarkable vision of present collapse and future possibility.
‘A lens-shifting book… With poignant, aching, beautiful and deeply loving prose, Singh brings Brown girls into the sun, and makes you want to change the ways of the world for our young people and for us all.’ – Imani Perry, author of Breathe