The Talking Drum

Lisa Braxton (Author)

Product Details

Inanna Publications & Education
Publish Date
May 30, 2020
5.4 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.92 pounds

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About the Author

Lisa Braxton is an Emmy-nominated former television journalist, an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Fiction Writers Program and was a finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University, her MS in journalism from Northwestern University, and her BA in Mass Media from Hampton University. Her stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals. She lives in the Boston, Massachusetts area.


"With an insider's eye for nuance, Lisa Braxton captures both the powerlessness and the resilience of communities threatened by urban development. At once tragic and hopeful, The Talking Drum is a heartfelt exploration of the deep roots of gentrification, brimming with vitality and richly drawn characters."
--Wil Medearis, author of Restoration Heights

"The Talking Drum, set in the early 1970's, deftly weaves the stories of three young, struggling couples living near Petite Africa, a community of African and West Indian immigrants. Issues of gentrification, race, gender politics, and class inform this propulsive story, but at its heart, this is a novel about who you love and who becomes your home. A moving and skillful debut."
--Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One Is Coming To Save Us