La description

History is a construction. What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are, as individuals, as nations, as human beings?


A perfect blend of memoir and thought, pop culture and philosophy … Edugyan’s work is masterful and essential.

- Miramichi Reader

Distinguished by its erudite yet unpretentious prose and probing viewpoints, this is an essential reckoning with how history is made.

- Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

In its breadth, beauty, and candour, this is a beguiling collection. And if, after reading it you leave with more questions than you started — which might be a complaint in a lesser book — then I suspect it has achieved its aim.

- Guardian

These stories soar off the page with Edugyan’s poetic, personally informed narration … Out of the Sun provides an enlightening, multifaceted, and thoroughly engrossing look at what Blackness means and has meant through the centuries.

- Irish Times

[Esi Edugyan] explores with empathy what it means to be seen, and who remains unseen, in our current identity-conscious, visibility-obsessed culture that seems to be limping toward a new aesthetic order and politics of power.

- New York Times