Kaitlin Greenidge, Libertie



The critically acclaimed and Whiting Award-winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returns with Libertie, an unforgettable story about one young Black girl's attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself.

Coming of age in a free Black community in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie is to go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother's choices and is hungry for something else--is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her light-skinned mother, Libertie will not be able to pass for white. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it--for herself and for generations to come.

Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge's new and immersive novel will resonate with readers eager to understand our present through a deep, moving, and lyrical dive into our past.

Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman, was one of the New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016 and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. She is a contributing writer for the New York Times and the features director at Harper's Bazaar, and her writing has also appeared in Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Substack, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Greenidge lives in Massachusetts. Her second novel, Libertie, is available now.

Dionne Ford is author of the forthcoming memoir Finding Josephine and co-editor of the anthology Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation (Rutgers University, May 2019). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, More, Rumpus and Ebony among other publications and won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York.  In 2018, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing.


 

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By Jill Strauss (Editor), Dionne Ford (Editor), Dionne Ford (Preface by), Jill Strauss (Introduction by), Shannon LaNier (Contributions by), A.B. Westrick (Contributions by), Grant Hayter-Menzies (Contributions by), Joseph McGill (Contributions by), R. Gregory Nokes (Contributions by), Antoinette Broussard (Contributions by), Catherine Sasanov (Contributions by), Leslie Stainton (Contributions by), Rodney G. Williams (Contributions by), Eileen Jackson (Contributions by), Karen Branan (Contributions by), Stephanie Harp (Contributions by), Sharon Morgan (Contributions by), Thomas Norman Dewolf (Contributions by), Bill Sizemore (Contributions by), Karen Stewart-Ross (Contributions by), Sara Jenkins (Contributions by), David Terrett Beumée (Contributions by), Debian Marty (Contributions by), Tammarrah Lee (Contributions by), Elissa Pearmain (Contributions by), Sarah Kohrs (Contributions by), Betty Kilby-Baldwin (Contributions by), Phoebe Kilby (Contributions by), Fabrice Guerrier (Contributions by), Jill Strauss (Afterword by)
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