Interview: Elizabeth Nunez, author of ‘Not For Everyday Use’

November 18, 2014 3:29 AM

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Interview: Elizabeth Nunez, author of ‘Not For Everyday Use’

In her eight novels, which include New York Times Editors’ Choice picks Anna In-Between and Boundaries, Elizabeth Nunez explores the dichotomous worlds of characters who, much like the author herself, are divided between the norms of Caribbean island life and American self-invention, the love-hate of British influence, and the divergent and pervasive outlooks on race and color encountered in the United States and her native Trinidad.

In her latest memoir, Not For Everyday Use (Akashic, $15.95 in paper), Nunez — also a professor at Hunter College-CUNY — lifts the veil of fiction to explore how those themes fit into her own narrative. Nunez, who appears at Miami Book Fair International on Sunday, frames her story around the four d...

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