Suddenly You Are Nobody is based on the life stories of 30 refugees and immigrants now living in Vermont in the greater Burlington area and in Rutland.
The title is based on a quote from a refugee from Bosnia:
"You live normal life/Suddenly you are nobody/Yesterday everybody knows you/Next day you are no one/You are low, below low."
Contributors to the book are from Bhutan, Bosnia, Burundi, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Iraq, Lebanon/Palestine, Mexico, Nepal, Russia, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, India/Tibet and Vietnam. Country background information is provided for Bhutan, Bosnia, Congo, Israel/Palestine, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Tibet and Vietnam.
Foreword by Julia Alvarez