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Jacinda Townsend + Peter Golden : Mother Country

7-18-22 MOTHERCOUNTRY1200 x 628 copy 9@2x
July 18, 7 pm8 pm.
$5 – $17

Description:

Join us for an in-person event with award winning writer Jacinda Townsend for a discussion of her new novel Mother Country. Joining Jacinda Townsend in conversation is journalist and author Peter Golden. This event will be hosted in the Strand Book Store’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room at 828 Broadway on 12th Street.

 

Can’t make the event? Purchase a signed copy of Mother Country here.

 

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A transnational feminist novel about human trafficking and motherhood from an award-winning author.

Saddled with student loans, medical debt, and the sudden news of her infertility after a major car accident, Shannon, an African American woman, follows her boyfriend to Morocco in search of relief. There, in the cobblestoned medina of Marrakech, she finds a toddler in a pink jacket whose face mirrors her own. With the help of her boyfriend and a bribed official, Shannon makes the fateful decision to adopt and raise the girl in Louisville, Kentucky. But the girl already has a mother: Souria, an undocumented Mauritanian woman who was trafficked as a teen, and who managed to escape to Morocco to build another life.

In rendering Souria’s separation from her family across vast stretches of desert and Shannon’s alienation from her mother under the same roof, Jacinda Townsend brilliantly stages cycles of intergenerational trauma and healing. Linked by the girl who has been a daughter to them both, these unforgettable protagonists move toward their inevitable reckoning. Mother Country is a bone-deep and unsparing portrayal of the ethical and emotional claims we make upon one another in the name of survival, in the name of love.

 

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Jacinda Townsend is the author of Saint Monkey, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

 

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Peter Golden is a historian and novelist who has published nine books. He has interviewed Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush (41); Secretaries of State Kissinger, Haig, Shultz, and Eagleburger; Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Peres, and Shamir; and Soviet President Gorbachev. He recently finished a new novel, Their Shadows Deep, which explores the last year of John Kennedy’s campaign for the presidency.

Location:

Strand Book Store 828 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Rare Book Room
New York, 10003

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