Rachel M. Harper with Rebecca Walker 

Making this welcome virtual appearance from her Los Angeles home will be novelist Rachel M. Harper, here with a brilliant fictional exploration of the contemporary American family in at least some of its present manifestations with her novel, The Other Mother (Counterpoint).

“A riveting, suspenseful, tender, kaleidoscopic rewriting of the American family—formed as much by blood and memory as by desire, will, and even deception. In Rachel M. Harper's masterful hands, ideas of family are exploded and put back together in an epic story as compelling as it is necessary. Harper has written a modern American saga that defines what we are and who we might become. This is an exquisite novel.” —Danzy Senna.

"A sprawling, multigenerational portrait of a mixed-race family that begins with a man's quest to uncover the truth of his origins . . . Harper has created a novel about longing, loss, kinship, talent, queerness, and what makes a family . . . A novel about the families we inherit and the ones we make for ourselves." —Kirkus Reviews.

The Other Mother breaks every rule of traditional world-building and creates the kind of full-hearted literary saga we are lucky to get once every generation. Dazzling.” —Kiese Laymon.

Rachel M. Harper is also the author of the novels Brass Ankle Blues and This Side of Providence. 





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ISBN: 9781640095045
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint - May 3rd, 2022

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