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February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
In Person: An Evening With Donna Hemans
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH DONNA HEMANS
(Zibby Books, $27.99)
Monday, February 12th, 6:30 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is thrilled to present an in-person evening with Donna Hemans to discuss her new book: The House of Plain Truth (Zibby Books, $27.99)
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
A lyrical, lush, evocative story about a fractured Jamaican family and a daughter determined to reclaim her home.
With news of her father’s passing, Pearline abruptly leaves her daughter and grandchildren behind in Brooklyn to return to her childhood home in Jamaica. But Pearline isn’t prepared for her father’s puzzling deathbed wish that she find her siblings–whom she hasn’t seen in 60 years–and discover the secret that tore her family apart.
Moving through time and place, from Cuba to Montego Bay and from Brooklyn to Havana, The House of Plain Truth traces Pearline’s reconciliation of what she thought she knew about her family and the truth of their origin.
Inspired by the author’s own family story, this delicate, incisive novel explores the divided loyalties within a family, the true meaning of home, and what one woman must sacrifice to finally get what she wants.
About the Author:
Donna Hemans is the author of two previous novels, River Woman and Tea By the Sea, which won the Lignum Vitae Una Marson Award. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Electric Literature, Ms. Magazine, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. She is also the owner of DC Writers Room, a co-working studio for writers based in Washington, DC. Born in Jamaica, she lives in Maryland, and received her undergraduate degree in English and Media Studies from Fordham University and an MFA from American University.