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Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging remains with readers the rest of their livesâbut not everyone regularly sees themselves in the pages of a book. In this timely anthology, Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black women writers to shine a light on how important it is that we allâregardless of gender, race, religion, or abilityâhave the opportunity to find ourselves in literature.
Whether itâs learning about the complexities of femalehood from Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, finding a new type of love inÂ The Color Purple,Â or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, the subjects of each essay remind us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her book clubâturnedâonline community Well-Read Black Girl, in this anthologyÂ Glory Edim has created a space in which black womenâs writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world and ourselves.