American Runaway: Black and Free in Paris and the Trump Years
As the 2016 election campaign wore on, many Americans promised to leave America if Donald Trump was elected. And when Trump won in November, celebrated journalist Audrey Edwards did just that. Inspired by a history of Black Americans leaving the United States for France in search of social and political liberation, Edwards left the country to both protest Trump and to protect her well-being as a Black woman. Her new book, American Runaway: Black and Free in Paris in the Trump Years, chronicles the life she made for herself abroad.
A witty, captivating, and moving work, American Runaway captures Edwards’s sharp voice and dry humor. Filled with fabulous soirées, kooky characters, complicated friendships, and the occasionally messy cultural exchange, the work is simultaneously accessible and vulnerable. It broaches the varied challenges known by all expats of leaving one’s home behind, as well as the particular experience of a Black woman “of a certain age” in the City of Lights. Ultimately, Edwards offers a triumphant story of self-liberation.
Audrey Edwards is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Essence, O, The Oprah Magazine, the Huffington Post and TheRoot.com, among others. The author of six books, she has taught writing and editing at New York University and Columbia University. She is also a New York City real estate broker.