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What Is She Doing Here?

A Refugee's Story
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What Is She Doing Here? is a memoir of the five years the poet Kate Clanchy spent living closely with Antigona, a Kosovan refugee. Antigona becomes her project, her protegee, her cleaner, her nanny, and slowly, through hours of conversation and negotiations of difference, her friend.

Through the story of the women`s growing understanding is woven the dramatic tale of Antigona`s great escape - from Milosevic, from her forced, violent marriage, and from the most traditional pastoral society in Europe - and the growing toll of her losses, as she and her rebellious teenage daughters negotiate London. Antigona`s wit and vertiginous perspectives on contemporary life illuminate and transform the way the writer thinks, bringing many hard truths uncomfortably close to home.

`Kate Clanchy has written not just a heart-stopping story, but one that is essential for our times.` Anne Enright

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May 2008 : UK Hardback

Title: What Is She Doing Here?: A Refugee's Story
Author(s): Kate Clanchy
ISBN: 0-330-44382-8 / 978-0-330-44382-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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