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A Body Across Two Hemispheres: A Memoir in Essays

Victoria Buitron

In this electrifying debut, Victoria Buitron comes of age between Ecuador and the United States as she explores her ancestry, learns two languages, and searches for a place she can call home. It portrays not only the immigrant experience, but the often-overlooked repatriate experience while interweaving facets of depression, family history, and self-love. With the utmost honesty, A Body Across Two Hemispheres encompasses the deep and complex layers of teenage life into adulthood—and the sacrifices made along the way for Victoria to become who she was meant to be all along.

Winner of the 2021 Fairfield Book Prize

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"A Body Across Two Hemispheres is a timely book, one many of us need and will be grateful to have read. Never shying from what is difficult to reconcile, A Body Across Two Hemispheres introduces an utterly engaging, assured new voice in nonfiction. In her memoir-in-essays, Buitron lays bare various forms of grief but presents them with equal measures of resilience. She posits love—ultimately—as the curative for loss."

—Shara McCallum

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About the Author

Victoria Buitron is a freelance writer and translator whose work delves into the intersections of identity and place, family history, and the moments her hippocampus refuses to forget. A Body Across Two Hemispheres is her debut memoir, which narrates her search for home between Ecuador and Connecticut. The latter is where she currently lives with her family.

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