” It infuriates me that the work of white American writers can be universal and lay claim to classic texts, while black and female authors are ghetto-ized as ‘other.’ “


” I wanted to write about the experiences of the poor and the black and the rural people of the South. “


” When I was writing my first novel, ‘Where the Line Bleeds,’ which had young black men as its main characters, I was very invested in telling the story and also very worried about the effects the story would have. “


” I can’t stop thinking about the devaluation of black life, and I find it seeping into everything I write. “


” It’s impossible for most black Americans to construct full family trees. Official census records, used by so many genealogy enthusiasts to piece together their families’ pasts, don’t include our non-European ancestors. “



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I wanted to write about the experiences of the poor and the black and the rural people of the South.
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