Mama's Child


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Atria Books
Publish Date
5.3 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Joan Steinau Lester, Ed.D., is an award-winning journalist and author of four critically acclaimed books. Her writing has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including Essence, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Northern Californi


"An astonishing accomplishment. The most passionate, the most honest and brave of books...riveting art."--Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker
"A powerful story brilliantly capturing the complications of the mother-daughter relationship from both sides."--Marissa Moss, author of the award-winning Amelia's Notebook series
Mama's Child is a stunning portrait of a family amidst the agony of recovery from near-drowning in the sea of racism. Joan Steinau Lester writes of the desperate vulnerabilities and the personal triumphs with a deft emotional hand that makes the struggles that have ripped apart this nation more personal than most have ever experienced.--Jewelle Gomez, novelist & playwright
"Mama's Child is a welcome addition to the growing body of mixed-race literature. Joan Steinau Lester's innovation is a shift in gaze from the experience of the confused child to the often overlooked, complicated white mother. It's a turn that's long overdue."--Emily Raboteau, author of Searching for Zion and The Professor'
"Poignant narrative . . . . no matter a person's ethnic or cultural background, this book is relatable."--Kirkus
"Mama's Child is a deeply felt novel of a daughter on a quest for selfhood and a mother striving to come back to her own. Through alternating perspectives, Lester sensitively illuminates the challenges of living in a world still viewed through the filter of race."--Booklist