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Terry Farish

Biography

Terry Farish

TERRY Farish has been writing novels and nonfiction about refugees and immigrants for many years, informed by her early work for the Red Cross in Vietnam. She wrote THE GOOD BRAIDER, a novel that opens in Juba, South Sudan, after travel to nearby Kenya and years of collecting oral histories among southern Sudanese families in Portland, Maine. Farish speaks at schools, libraries, and colleges about Viola's - in The Good Braider - immigrant journey in a deeply complicated world, and about contemporary immigrant literature.
Farish's other books range from the adult novel IF THE TIGER to THE CAT WHO LIKED POTATO SOUP, winner of a Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books Blue Ribbon to being the project manager in the creation of a bilingual folktale, THE STORY OF A PUMPKIN, with refugees from Bhutan. Her picture book THE ALLEYWAY, coming out in 2015, is about a Dominican-American boy whose brother is deployed in the U.S. Army.
Farish lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Terry Farish

Books by Terry Farish

by Terry Farish - Dystopian, Youth Fiction

When Sofie is forced to stay with her mother and grandmother while her dad's away, she is confronted with their memories of the ruthless Khmer Rouge, a war-torn countryside, and deeds of heartbreaking human devotion. 

by Terry Farish - Youth Fiction

In spare free verse laced with unforgettable images, Viola's strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family's journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace of the local Southern Sudanese Community, she dreams of South Sudan while she tries to navigate the strange world of America - a world where a girl can wear a short skirt, get a tattoo or even date a boy; a world that puts her into sharp conflict with her traditional mother who, like Viola, is struggling to braid together the strands of a displaced life. Terry Farish's haunting novel is not only a riveting story of escape and survival, but the universal tale of a young immigrant's struggle to build a life on the cusp of two cultures.