Decades after Julia McKenzie Munemo’s father committed suicide, she learned that he made his living writing interracial pornography under a pseudonym. She hid the stack of his old paperbacks from her Zimbabwean husband, their mixed-race children, and herself before realizing her obligation to understand her racial legacy.
Set from the late 1960s through the early 1990s, this elegiac, unvarnished, and empathetic novel captures one working-class family in rural West Virginia as they balance on the dividing line between Appalachia old and new, with sisters Dessie and Billie Price as its urgently beating heart.
Pearls, People, and Power is the first book to examine the trade, distribution, production, and consumption of pearls in the Indian Ocean over more than five centuries. Encompassing the geographical, cultural, and thematic diversity of Indian Ocean pearling, it deepens our appreciation of the historical dynamics of Indian Ocean worlds.
That’s it for January. If you’re curious about what’s coming out next month, you can get a sneak peek at February.