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Thu, 28 Mar

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Keynsham

Pomegranate

Perfect for fans of Jesmyn Ward and Yaa Gyasi, Pomegranate is a complex portrayal of queer Black womanhood and marginalization in America: a story of loss, healing, redemption, and strength.

Pomegranate
Pomegranate

Time & Location

28 Mar 2024, 19:30 – 21:00

Keynsham, 33 High St, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1DP, UK

About the event

Ranita Atwater is getting short.

She is almost done with her four-year sentence for opiate possession at Oak Hills Correctional Center. With three years of sobriety, she is determined to stay clean and regain custody of her two children.

My name is Ranita, and I'm an addict, she has said again and again at recovery meetings. But who else is she? Who might she choose to become? As she claims the story housed within her pomegranate-like heart, she is determined to confront the weight of the past and discover what might lie beyond mere survival.

Ranita is regaining her freedom, but she's leaving behind her lover Maxine, who has inspired her to imagine herself and the world differently. Now she must steer clear of the temptations that have pulled her down, while atoning for her missteps and facing old wounds. With a fierce, smart, and sometimes funny voice, Ranita reveals how rocky and winding the path to wellness is for a Black woman, even as she draws on family, memory, faith, and love in order to choose life.

Perfect for fans of Jesmyn Ward and Yaa Gyasi, Pomegranate is a complex portrayal of queer Black womanhood and marginalization in America: a story of loss, healing, redemption, and strength. In lyrical and precise prose, Helen Elaine Lee paints a humane and unflinching portrait of the devastating effects of incarceration and addiction, and of one woman's determination to tell her story.

About the author

Helen Elaine Lee grew up in Detroit, Michigan and she is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  Her first novel, The Serpent's Gift, was published by Atheneum and her second novel, Water Marked, was published by Scribner. Helen was on the board of PEN New England for 10 years, and she served on its Freedom to Write Committee and volunteered with its Prison Creative Writing Program, which she helped to start.  She is Professor of Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT.

Tickets

  • Books & Bellini's | 28th March

    Sale ends: 28 Mar, 21:00

    Includes your entry and bellini 

    £10.00
    +£0.25 service fee

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£0.00

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