Derek Owusu: Losing the Plot - JHALAK PRIZE 2023 LONGLIST NOMINEE
JHALAK PRIZE 2023 LONGLIST NOMINEE
A vital and honest book exploring the pain of the immigrant experience and the turmoil it can carry across generations, from the winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize.
‘A highly enigmatic, affectionate and robustly written portrayal of a mother-son relationship … very relatable’ Diana Evans
Driven by a deep-seated desire to understand his mother’s life before he was born, Derek Owusu offers a powerful imagining of her journey. As she moves from Ghana to the UK and navigates parenthood in a strange and often lonely environment, the effects of displacement are felt across generations.
Told through the eyes of both mother and son, Losing the Plot is at once emotionally raw and playful as Owusu experiments with form to piece together the immigrant experience and explore how the stories we share and tell ourselves are just as vital as the ones we don’t.