“Gaiutra Bahadur, an American journalist, pursues traces of her great-grandmother over three continents. She also excavates the repressed history of some quarter of a million female coolies. Disparaged as fallen, many were runaways, widows or outcasts, and many migrated alone. chronicles their epic passage from Calcutta to the Caribbean, from departures akin either to kidnap or escape, through sea voyages rife with sexual exploitation, to new worlds where women were in short supply. When they exercised the power this gave them, some fell victim to the machete in brutal attacks, often fatal, by men whom they spurned. Sex with overseers both empowered and imperilled other women in equal measure. It also precipitated uprisings, as a struggle between Indian men and their women intersected with one between coolies and their overlords.”
16.5 x 23.4cm | 274 pages | softcover
Gaiutra Bahadur is an award-winning American journalist, whose work has appeared in , , and , among other publications. A former daily newspaper reporter, she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2007-2008. Gaiutra was born in Guyana and emigrated to the United States as a child.