Named One of the Most-Anticipated Books of 2021 by:
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"An elegantly layered, beautifully rendered tour de force that is not to be missed." --Roxane Gay, author of Hunger
"Libertie is a feat of monumental thematic imagination." --Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, The New York Times Book Review
"This is one of the most thoughtful and amazingly beautiful books I've read all year. Kaitlyn Greenidge is a master storyteller." --Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone
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. Whe...