The Blueprint

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6.0 X 9.2 X 1.2 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Rae Giana Rashad holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. Born and raised in Texas with roots in Louisiana, her writing is infused with southern influences and Black history. She lives in the Dallas area with her husband and three children.


"Ambitious in its themes." -- New York Times Book Review

"The Blueprint is an astounding work, an unflinching portrait of misogyny and racism in a speculative world terrifyingly close to our own. Rae Giana Rashad chronicles the generational ghosts of womanhood, and how we understand ourselves through the stories of those we come from, in a way I've never read before. A remarkable new talent, and a timeless literary voice." -- Ashley Audrain, New York Times bestselling author of The Push

"A book in an intense, boundary-pushing conversation with The Handmaid's Tale . . . . Inventive, ferocious, and laser-focused, The Blueprint promises to skewer the hypocrisies that already punctuate our reality." -- Elle

"A consuming debut . . . a provocative and worthy mash-up of historical and speculative fiction." -- Publishers Weekly

"Rashad's fantastic debut evokes familiar history, such as Sally Hemings' forced relationship with Thomas Jefferson, yet is also wholly new, weaving together vividly imagined characters in Solenne and Henriette and deftly moving through multiple time periods while capturing Solenne's haunted yet strong voice . . . . Horrifying, captivating, and full of urgency." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Masterful . . . . Filled with themes such as regret, rebellion, tyranny, and courage, The Blueprint is a compelling read." -- Christian Science Monitor

"This one held me captive for two days." -- LaToya Watkins, National Book Award nominee for Holler, Child

"This novel explores race, free will, and what it means to be a woman, using speculative fiction in the grand tradition of Octavia Butler." -- Booklist

"Provocative . . . Rashad is terrific at characterization -- we feel deeply Solenne's confusion, pain and hope. As she ponders her mother's words and tries to take control of her own life, she springs to vivid life." -- The Star Tribune