Named One of the Most-Anticipated Books of 2021 by: O,The Oprah MagazineThe New York TimesThe Washington PostTimeThe MillionsRefinery29Publishers LunchBuzzFeedThe RumpusBookPageHarper’s BazaarMs.Goodreadsand more ΓÇ£An elegantly layeredbeautifully rendered tour de force that is not to be missed.ΓÇ¥ ΓÇöRoxane Gayauthor of Hunger ΓÇ£Libertie is a feat of monumental thematic imagination.ΓÇ¥ ΓÇöMargaret Wilkerson SextonThe New York Times Book Review ΓÇ£This is one of the most thoughtful and amazingly beautiful books IΓÇÖve read all year. Kaitlyn Greenidge is a master storyteller.ΓÇ¥ ΓÇöJacqueline Woodsonauthor of Red at the Bone The critically acclaimed and Whiting AwardΓÇôwinning author of We Love YouCharlie Freeman returns with Libertiean unforgettable story about one young Black girlΓÇÖs attempt to find a place where she can be fullyand onlyherself. Coming of age in a free Black community in Reconstruction-era BrooklynLibertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mothera practicing physicianhas a vision for their future together: Libertie is to go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertiedrawn more to music than sciencefeels stifled by her motherΓÇÖs choices and is hungry for something elseΓÇöis there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded thatunlike her light-skinned motherLibertie 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 islandshe acceptsonly to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black womanLibertie struggles with where she might find itΓÇöfor 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 detailKaitlyn GreenidgeΓÇÖs new and immersive novel will resonate with readers eager to understand our present through a deepmovingand lyrical dive into our past.
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