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A Kind of Freedom
A Kind of Freedom: A Novel | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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"A brilliant mosaic of an African American family and a love song to New Orleans...written with deep insight and devastating honesty but also with grace and beauty." Dana Johnson, author of Elsewhere, California Evelyn is a Creole woman who comes of age in New Orleans at the height of World War II. Her family inhabits the upper echelon of Black society, and when she falls for no-account Renard, she is forced to choose between her life of privilege and the man she loves. In 1982, Evelyns daughter, Jackie, is a frazzled single mother grappling with her absent husbands drug addiction. Just as she comes to terms with his abandoning the family, he returns, ready to resume their old life. Jackie must decide if the promise of her husband is worth the near certainty he'll leave again. Jackies son, T.C., loves the creative process of growing marijuana more than the weed itself. He was a square before Hurricane Katrina, but the New Orleans he knew didn't survive the storm. Fresh out of a four-month stint for drug charges, T.C. decides to start overuntil an old friend convinces him to stake his new beginning on one last deal. For Evelyn, Jim Crow is an ongoing reality, and in its wake new threats spring up to haunt her descendants. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.
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Soubhiville
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These are the books I‘ll be choosing from for any reading I do this weekend for #LitsyPartyofOne and #MrBook1inaMillion.

I work tomorrow and plan to set up my library this weekend, as well as having a bookclub event and a vet appointment. Honestly not sure how much reading I‘ll be able to do. But I‘m cheering you all on!

MrBook Aww, busy weekend ahead, thank you for taking even five minutes of your hectic schedule for this, you‘re incredible! 🤗🤗🤗 4d
Soubhiville @MrBook no, you are! Obviously I‘m going to squeeze in reading wherever I can! 📚💕 4d
MrBook ☺️🤗 4d
Andrew65 Good luck with any reading you do get to. 😊👍 3d
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

Listened on audiobook. Likely wouldn‘t have finished otherwise. Just ok for me, but Mostly because I prefer a strong faced paced plot. This was more of a slow burn.

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razmanda
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A heartbreaking and well-written exploration of three generations of a New Orleans family, hemmed in by Jim Crow laws and their own fallibility. It also addresses colorism within the Black community, community policing, addiction, and so much more. It packs a ton of story and character development in a little more than 200 pages. I look forward to reading more from this author!

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razmanda
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This jerk.

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razmanda
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Next up! Spending a little time in the children‘s section of our library, as close to sharks as we plan on getting.

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CaitlinR
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If you read and loved TURNER HOUSE (as I did) you must read this book.

Set in New Orleans and moving back and forth from 1944 through 2012, we grow to love, cheer for, and grieve with Evelyn, Jackie and T.C. and their extended family/friends.

What a wonderful book!


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Lauren.Archer
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Another great selection. This story feels very epic in this very compact book. I could not put it down. I wanted to read as fast as I could. This covers three generations of the same family and you can see all the cracks that happen. It felt very real. Immensely enjoyed this one.

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Lauren.Archer
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Third book from this quarter‘s #TBR. So far the last 5 have been absolutely brilliant. I am reading books I would never even heard of if it wasn‘t for this service. Well worth the price.

Ashley_Nicoletto Agreed! The recommend me stuff I have never heard or would never have picked up on my own and they have all been incredible. 6mo
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Eyelit
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Slightly disappointing panel for National Book Foundation (I didn‘t like the moderator at all) - but it was really great to hear Ibi Zoboi and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton read/speak. David Grann was the other author and I‘m not sure if he was nervous or if it was just on off day for him, but he wasn‘t as good a fit for this panel imo. #txbookfest

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Deborah42
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A family saga spanning three generations, told from the shifting perspectives of Evelyn, her daughter Jackie, and Jackie‘s son T.C. By telling these stories concurrently, the author powerfully illustrates the lingering damage of slavery and racial disparity in the United States. Though each character‘s story takes place at a different time in history, the issues they face change very little over time.

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catreadsbooks
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Just finished reading A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. Definitely recommend!

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! 📖🤗 Checkout these #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: http://bit.ly/litsyvideos 1y
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Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
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catreadsbooks
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Been working on my #splbookbingo ! Waiting to write in all the books until I‘m done but right now I‘m reading A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton. This one was recommended to me by a librarian at Seattle Public Libraries and so far it‘s great!

RaimeyGallant Super fun! 1y
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Audrey
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This was a powerful and heartbreaking read. For such a short book, it packs a lot in less then 300 pages. To see one family's rise and fall over three generations is difficult to see, especially with events outside their control (Hurricane Katrina). The book also covers a wide range of issues that the family deals with, including, class, education, colorism, drugs, crime and poverty. This book should get more attention than its received.

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readtheworld
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Stopped into one of my favorite local bookstores — Rough Draft in Kingston, NY.

#bookshop #indie #bookstore #bookcovers

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peacegypsy
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New Orleans intrigues me; I hope this does the same. 😊🌸🌼🌺

arubabookwoman I liked this one very much. We lived in New Orleans for 18 years. The setting takes a part, but the book is very character-driven. 1y
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JenlovesJT47
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Mehso-so

This is somewhere between a pick and so-so for me. I enjoy multi-generational stories, and while I enjoyed this book, I feel the characters were not fleshed out enough and the book was too short for much character development. I found the story of T.C. in 2010 the most interesting and well-developed. 3.5⭐️ On its way back to you this weekend @sweetpealsd ! I can‘t believe we finished another round already! 🙃

#LMPBC
#GroupQ

JenlovesJT47 Are you girls willing to do a round 3? 1y
Cinfhen Great review, thanks! I feel like I can let this one linger a bit longer 1y
sweetpealsd Sure! 1y
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mklong I‘m up for Round 3 too! 1y
JenlovesJT47 @Cinfhen 😘 it‘s a quick read for whenever you do get around to it. 1y
JenlovesJT47 @mklong @sweetpealsd @Bookishgal71 do you guys want to do like last time and include our new selection when we send this month‘s back? 1y
sweetpealsd @JenlovesJT47 that‘s fine. 1y
Bookishgal71 Yes but my addy will change after June 12. Can we be sure mine comes by then? Will forward new addy after the move 1y
mklong @Bookishgal71 @sweetpealsd @JenlovesJT47 I‘m think about one of these for Round 3. Any preferences? 1y
sweetpealsd @mklong think I‘d like both but leaning towards Small Country. 1y
Bookishgal71 Enchanted April has higher ratings on Goodreads. That would be my preference, but I would read either! 1y
JenlovesJT47 @mklong I‘m good with either! 1y
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8little_paws
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I'm seriously raving over this multigenerational family saga set in New Orleans from the 40s through 2010. Covers race, family bonds and dreams, and the power of hope against the odds and full out ripped my heart out. 5/5. This book is why I read the NBA longlist....it wasn't on my radar otherwise.

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JenlovesJT47
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I‘m a couple of days late in posting my #bookmail - received May‘s pick for the #LMPBC from @mklong - and to the right we have Mr. Jace sporting his lion onesie he received from @mklong with last month‘s selection (which I loved!). Thank you again! And this book looks really good, can‘t wait to read it. ☺️

#GroupQ

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Ingerella I'm totally distracted by that sweet baby!! How precious! 2y
mklong Aw! What a handsome e little guy!! 🦁🦁🦁 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Ingerella @mklong thank you!! 🤗 2y
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tammysue He‘s adorable!! 💕🤗 2y
oOArankaOo "Moooom!! NO. MORE. PICTURES. I need to sleep!" ? 2y
Gissy 😍❤️ 2y
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mklong
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Another great #LMPBC pick for #GroupQ! This slim novel follows three generations of a family in New Orleans. Each generation striving to meet the expectations of the one before, and always being left to feel inadequate. Holding the center for this story is the very touching lifelong love story between Evelyn and Renard. Jumping between 1944, 1986, and 2010 gives this novel the feeling of an epic, but it is all packed neatly into about 250 pages.

mklong It will be on its way to you tomorrow @JenlovesJT47 😀 2y
JenlovesJT47 Yay sounds interesting! 2y
emilyhaldi Why don't I have this stacked???!! Nice review! 2y
Redheadrambles I really enjoyed this one as well 2y
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KGlibrarian
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An impressive debut novel with an engaging story line spanning three generations of an African American family living in New Orleans. The author covers the important issues of race, poverty, discrimination, drug addiction, and family relationships. Though I found stimulating aspects about each individual part, I didn't feel as deeply connected to the book as I would have liked because of all of the jumping around but well worth the read!

Suet624 Yup. I gave it a so-so for that reason. 1y
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cocomass
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I liked this one—I didn‘t L❤️VE it, but it kept me engaged. It kind of reminded me of Behold the Dreamers in that it‘s a sort of quieter, slower paced debut novel, told in multiple voices. It‘s a multi-generational book, and the storyline from the 80s reminded me a lot of a Terry McMillan novel. I‘d be interested to read what Margaret Wilkerson Sexton writes next. 3.5/5 ⭐️

#ownvoices #blacklitsy

Cedricsmom I might have to read this one. I want to write a multigenerational novel about my family so I need to study how it‘s done. 2y
Chelleo Loving the #blacklitsy feed! Good stuff 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 2y
cocomass @Chelleo It‘s a thing now! I feel all our creeping on profiles has finally paid off 😆 2y
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cocomass
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In preparation for my incoming annual trip to New Orleans, I‘m listening to this audiobook

🎧💜🎧💛🎧💚🎧

#ownvoices #NOLA

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mklong
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Very welcome #bookmail yesterday! Finally got our #LMPBC copy of the tagged book weeks after @Bookishgal71 mailed it. It took so long, we thought it was lost and Mindi replaced it. Great job USPS 🙄

Also got my Early Reviewers copy of Curtis Sittenfeld‘s new short story collection that I won on #LibraryThing. Plan to start it on my lunch break today ☺️

mklong @Bookishgal71 I sent you an email about all this, but if you will email me a return label from Amazon, I‘ll send the replacement book back so you can get a refund on it 2y
RidgewayGirl The Sittenfield arrived for me yesterday, too. I was pleased to get a finished hardcover. It doesn‘t happen often, but it‘s always fun when it does. 2y
emilyhaldi Love these covers ❤️ 2y
sweetpealsd Oh wow, wasn‘t aware that my book had gotten lost. I‘m glad you finally got it. I hope you enjoy it 😊 2y
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rjsthumbelina
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This book was not what I expected, but I am still glad I listened to it. It was so interesting to intertwine the 4 generations' stories. And to see how the problems that black people face in this country have changed, but sort of stayed the same, over that time. The characters were drawn brilliantly, even if I didn't always like their actions, or even what they said. Listened to this #audiobook on #hoopla

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RealLifeReading
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A new library ebook hold came in and it is making my dinner table look more colourful! Tonight's dinner - special request from the boys for hamachi kama, sushi rice (I used a seasoning packet which includes sliced lotus root, mushrooms and carrots), and airfried Brussels sprouts

LauraJ That looks delicious 😋 2y
RaimeyGallant Yum. And that reminds me: I have brussel sprouts in the fridge! 2y
TricksyTails Yum! Love hamachi kama!! 2y
Sungirl79 Yum!!!😊 2y
BookBabe Mmm, that looks and sounds delicious! 2y
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rjsthumbelina
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Listening to this on hoopla. I love the relationships and the way the author gets in her character's heads. Not sure I'm crazy about the plots in each storyline (particularly in TC's adult storyline), but I like the idea of looking at different generations as they try to figure out who they are and where they are going

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TQTyson
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Beautifully written. An excellent multi-generational tale spanning from WWII to post-Katrina New Orleans.

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TQTyson
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Spent a week at bookstores around the south and came back with a pile of books.

tammysue Nice!💕 2y
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Bookishgal71
A Kind of Freedom: A Novel | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

I sent my book out today. Finished it a bit early because we will be out of town for spring break. It‘s a good one. Reminds me a bit of The Hate U Give. #groupq #litsymarkuppostalbookclub

mklong Looking forward to it! Have a great trip!! 2y
sweetpealsd @Bookishgal71 I‘m glad you liked it. Have a great time on your trip! 2y
mklong Hi @Bookishgal71 I haven‘t gotten the book yet and probably should have by now. Do you have tracking info? I‘m worried it has gotten lost in the mail. 2y
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Bookishgal71 Oh no! I‘ll have to look. You definitely should have gotten it by now! 2y
Bookishgal71 I have ordered a new book. It will come to your address from amazon. I am sad that the one with my notes is lost @mklong 2y
mklong That is so sweet of you! I‘ll keep it in the box for a couple more weeks so I can send it back to Amazon if the original one either shows up at my place or gets returned to you. I hate to lose your notes too! 2y
mklong The book arrived from Amazon. I‘ll keep it in the box and my fingers crossed that the original one makes its way to one of us in the next couple of weeks 2y
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alisonrose
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This is heart wrenching at times but so well told and smart. I'm a sucker for the family saga, and I appreciated how she used the different generations and their own struggles to show how little some things change over time, on an individual level as well as a societal one. Really powerful read. 4/5 ⭐️

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She had learned to smile first thing when people saw her so they wouldn't have the burden of joining her in her despair. She had learned to stretch her cheeks out for thirty seconds, not that she was counting; to answer their questions according to what they might want to hear, not what she was really thinking. I'm good, she'd say, but it had to be with the proper lilt, with the last word stretching up so that it tinkled out like a wind chime.

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alisonrose
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Fiiiiiinally time to read. #nowreading

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A deeply touching book following three generations of the same family. It goes back and forth so you get only a little information at once. A look at New Orleans through time.

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spinesvines
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Rating: 🍷🍷🍷/5 Cheers!

#ReadSoulLit Day 3/28 - A Family Saga ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
A KIND OF FREEDOM is a superb debut novel illuminating a multigenerational exploration of an African American family shaped by the limits of freedom, race and class. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀

#spinesvines #books #wine #diversespines #photochallenge #blackhistorymonth #akindoffreedom

Chelleo Love this cover. #BlackLitsy #Blitsy 2y
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Jas16
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I think I liked this a lot more as an audiobook than I would have had I read a physical copy which is not something I think I have ever thought before. The cast was great and I enjoyed the three story lines. I think on the page I might have wanted more.

TorieStorieS I read it and can confirm- on the page did leave me wanting more!! Glad to hear the audio is more successful!! I can totally see how a good performance can gloss over the gaps! 2y
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24in48
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We‘ve hit the halfway point and you guys are CRUSHING IT. Your hosts, Kristen and Kerry, have trundled off to bed, but I (Rachel) am just getting my Sunday started. Though I‘m tempted to crawl back into bed with one of these beauties. We‘ve got winners for the Hour Zero Intro Survey and the Hour 18 Challenge up on 24in48.com. Go check to see if you‘ve won a prize!

tricours Do you know why the website is so slow? 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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SUPER SALE ALERT!

TheLibrarian Purchased! 2y
Jess7 Done! 2y
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RebeccaH
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I liked very much.

BookishClaire Me too! 2y
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moarbookspleaze
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Went to dinner and then visited the bookstore a few years down. First book I‘ve bought for myself in a couple of weeks which must be a record.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wow! Very impressive! 2y
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LWagoner
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4.5 ⭐️. This debut novel takes an intimate look into the lives of the Black community & a family‘s struggles thru 3 generations. Uniquely told thru the lens of 3 voices / 3 generations, there was a tension felt as I read in that I knew how the story would end,but was hoping for a better outcome. I was left with the intense feeling of all that still needs to happen to make it possible for all to be equal & have the life each person dreams about.

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BrownGirlReading
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I can't wait to get to this one next year. Have you read it? If so, did you like it? #readsoullit

BellaBookNook Ooo this sounds good! New to me. 2y
BrownGirlReading @BellaBookNook Yep I thought ni so.... 2y
Redheadrambles I read it recently and really enjoyed it 2y
BrownGirlReading @Redheadrambles That's Great to hear! 2y
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TorieStorieS
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Though I️ read this quickly, the overall tone is more depressing than uplifting... and it just sort of ends... But I️ liked the premise- three generations in New Orleans- I️ just wish there had been a bit more of the city to unify the three narratives and less of a things just keep getting worse vibe...

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thereadingwomen
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Have you had a chance to listen to our interview with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton yet? 🙌

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thereadingwomen
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As soon as we read A KIND OF FREEDOM, we knew we had to invite Margaret to talk to us on the podcast. And then she was put on the National Book Award longlist! It was so cool to talk to her about the process of writing her debut novel and to see what life has been like post-nomination. Search for Reading Women wherever you get your podcasts.
#NationalBookAward

Ms_T Looking forward to listening to this later! 2y
addendumadventure Great cover 2y
Schlinkles She‘s lovely, I met her at a booksellers‘ conference last month. 2y
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kdwinchester
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In this latest episode of “Kendra fangirls so hard,” we interview Margaret Wilkerson Sexton about her debut novel A KIND OF FREEDOM. Margaret tells us about her book, how it came to be, and her perspective on why we need more diverse books.

I loved chatting with Margaret about her book (obvs); she‘s so kind and gracious with many important things to say. You can find our interview over on @thereadingwomen wherever you get your podcasts.

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Between and So-So and a Pick. Spanning from the 1940s to the 1980s to the 2010s, the ongoing legacy of racial disparity is in full view in his multi-generational book, though never heavy-handed. In fact, my main issue with this book is that it is so sparse. By relying on mostly dialogue to advance the story, the characters feel one-dimensional. I found each of them interesting in their own way, and I wanted more nuanced insight into their heads.

mrozzz Perfectly accurate description 2y
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Christine
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I loved this and felt it was a beautiful, compassionate, fully embodied portrait of generations of one black family living within the US system of oppression. Exceptional characters, and the storytelling was frank and accessible while also graceful and moving. (I did the audio and enjoyed all three of the narrators - especially Bahni Turpin forever and always. ❤️)

Redheadrambles Yes such a strong debut. That‘s a different version of the cover from my copy. 2y
Christine @Redheadrambles Yes, interesting re: the different covers but I think each is so beautiful! 2y
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Maike What a wonderful view 😍 2y
Jess_Read_This Oh wow! You have the absolute best weekend reading spot! ❤️ 2y
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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Set in New Orleans and jumping between three generations of the same family this initially reminded me of the book Homegoing (with elements of the TV show "The Wire" ) in particular the way both authors trace the effects of racism through multiple generations.

Despite this book having incredibly strong female characters I was left pondering mostly about the importance of fathers.

An impressive first novel.
#Nationalbookaward

tif I loved Homegoing and this cover is beautiful so this is a definite addition to the tbr pile. Thanks for the review 😀 2y
Redheadrambles @tif no worries, I hope you like it. It's probably not exactly Homegoing but I still really enjoyed it 😀 2y
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