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Giada Scodellaro is a writer and photographer born in Naples, Italy and raised in the Bronx, NY. She holds an MFA from the New School. Some of Them Will Carry Me is her first book.

pages: 184

format: paperback original

isbn: 978-1-948980-15-9

publication date: October 4, 2022

Some of Them Will Carry Me

Giada Scodellaro

“This is a book of wonders, full of intricate beauty, and Giada Scodellaro is an extraordinary talent.” Katie Kitamura

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A fiercely original debut collection centers Black women in moments of imminent change.

Giada Scodellaro’s stories range in length, style, and tone—a collage of social commentary, surrealism, recipes, folklore, and art. What brings them together is a focus on experiences of black women in moments of dislocation, and a cinematic prose style saturated with detail: a child’s legs bent upon the small bosom of their mother, three-piece suits floating in a river, a man holding a rotting banana during sex, wet cardboard, a woman walking naked through a traffic tunnel. In language that is lyrical, minimal, and often absurd, the diverse stories in Some of Them Will Carry Me deconstruct contemporary life while building a surprising new reality of language, intimacy, and loss.

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“In Some of Them Will Carry Me, Giada Scodellaro enthralls as she evokes the best of the lushly slow and quiet European films of the 1960s, with their long, wide, starkly gorgeous shots, deeply detached yet viscerally sensual plotlines, and lonely meandering figures crossing landscapes. But what is more powerful is how she reorganizes those canonized spaces to foreground the subject-ness of brown bodies and to imbue her female characters with volition. It’s a virtuosic reframing, done with seductive and disarming brevity. A stunning debut.” Renee Gladman

“Riveting, evocative, written with intensity and purpose, these potent, self-contained fictions have a vitality all their own—and they announce the arrival of a brilliant new voice in literature.” Alexandra Kleeman

cover art:

Art on cover:
Tschabalala Self
Two Women 3, 2021
Tulle, lace, velvet, thread, acrylic paint, digital print on canvas, and painted canvas on canvas
243.84 x 243.84 cm
96 x 96 in
Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias, London
Copyright © Tschabalala Self

Tschabalala Self is a New Haven-based painter. She received her B.A. from Bard College in 2012 and her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art in 2015. Learn more about the artist and see more of her work, here.