This week we welcome guest Asali Solomon, Philly native and author of the new novel Disgruntled. The book Solomon picked for us to read is Marlon James’s 2009 novel The Book of Night Women, about a Jamaican sugar plantation around the turn of the 18th century and the lives of the enslaved women living there. We talk with Solomon about the novel’s contemporary feel and surprising humor, its use of Jamaiacan dialect, and why she considers it to be “a bad-ass book.”
We also talk with Solomon about growing up in West Philly, which neighborhoods of the city she was told to avoid, and how Philadelphia changed in her absence. And why do racist neighborhoods so often have the best bakeries? Of course we also subject Solomon to our usual lightning-round questions, and we learn about several authors she wouldn’t mind punching, if given the chance.
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