The Unfurling Frond
A Memoir of Belonging and Becoming
by Rebecca Beardsall
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Pub Date 10 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 07 Dec 2023
Time and space weave the past and present into the story like an unfurling frond holding layers of memories in a single moment.
The land holds a story: of time, of generations. Rebecca Beardsall’s transnational narrative, The Unfurling Frond, investigates land and place as physical space, home, and moments in time. The collection wrestles with the concept of personal transformation through time with the added complexity of settler colonization.
As she travels between her two selves/two moments in time, her histories/two nations’ histories, Beardsall senses and feels where her physical body aligns with the spiritual, telling her that she is home, that she belongs.
Longlisted for the C & R Press - Nonfiction Award
Longlisted for the Santa Fe Writers Project - Literary Awards Program
A Note From the Publisher
"A love story, a family memoir, a travel- and home-finding narrative: Beardsall traverses genre to explore the multiple strands of her becoming. Inspiring, moving, and inventive, The Unfurling Frond is a joyous read."
--Kristiana Kahakauwila, author of This is Paradise: Stories
"Beardsall is an endless, relentless seeker. Part love letter to a former self, part love letter to a destined partnership, The Unfurling Frond feels most like a love letter to New Zealand."
-- Jefferson Navicky, author of Head of Island Beautification for the Rural Outlands
"Such a joy to read!"
--Brenda Miller, author of A Braided Heart: Essays on Writing and Form
"A thoughtful meditation on the spaces we inhabit, on how they define us and we define them."
--Liz Prato, author of Kids in America: A Gen X Reckoning
"An inventive memoir that explores the search for identity and place"
-Independent Book Review
"Moving and revealing."
-Midwest Book Review
"The Unfurling Frond, a memoir by Rebecca Beardsall, presents an engrossing and invigorating chronicle of her life that masterfully intertwines the elements of childhood, education, and travel experiences."
"The Unfurling Frond is a magnificent garden that produces an amazing bounty of beautiful insights"
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An introspective view into how we view "home". Is it the land we live on, the area we live in? What makes "home" for us, and where are our roots from? "The Unfurling Frond" is a beautiful exposition about living in two different moments at the same time and what it means to truly belong.