Anita Gail Jones - The Peach Seed (ESCOM College of Marin)

Anita Gail Jones

The Peach Seed

Wed., March 13, 2024 • 12:30pm PT
College of Marin • Free Event

This event will be hosted by College of Marin. Please contact events@bookpassage.com with questions.
 

Join us in celebration of this author event at College of Marin: In this event, Anita Gail Jones will talk about, The Peach Seed, a multigenerational novel and an epic debut that explores the origins of a south Georgia family’s tradition and how its modern-day sons and daughters struggle with the legacies of America’s Civil Rights Movement.

Admission is free and all are welcome. You don't need a ticket. Parking for these events is easy and free.

More information: https://library.marin.edu/ or (415) 485-9475. These events are sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin.


A multigenerational novel and an epic debut that explores the origins of a south Georgia family’s tradition and how its modern-day sons and daughters struggle with the legacies of America’s Civil Rights Movement and the far-reaching impacts of the 1800s slave trade from Senegal to Charleston, SC.

On a routine day, Fletcher Dukes drives his older sister, Olga, who is losing her sight, to do weekly grocery shopping at the Piggly Wiggly. On the liquor aisle, they pass a tall woman, head bowed reading a wine label. Fletcher smells her perfume first, then sees a strawberry birthmark on the nape of the woman’s neck and knows at once that this is his lost love, Altovise Benson. Fletcher and Altovise risked their lives together in sit-ins and marches, but their plan to marry was interrupted when the police turned a peaceful protest violent. The two were jailed in different towns leading to a separation that would ultimately span 52 years. Before Altovise’s departure, Fletcher carves her a peach seed monkey with diamond eyes. As we learn via harrowing flashbacks to 1800’s Senegal, an undiscovered Dukes ancestor who was sold into slavery carved the first peach seed monkey that forms the talismanic tradition, the rite of passage, that each generation of Dukes man gifts to his son on his 13th birthday — along with the tools and knowledge to carve them himself. By giving one to Altovise, Fletcher initiates a physical and spiritual break in a tradition that — like the Civil Rights Movement — irrevocably shapes the lives of future generations including Fletcher’s daughters, his grandson, Bo-D and a constellation of Dukeses in the present.

Anita Gail Jones is a visual artist and writer born and raised in Albany, Georgia. She is a Hedgebrook alumna, and a 2018 -19 Affiliate Artist at The Headlands Center for the Arts. The Peach Seed, her debut novel, was a Novella semi-finalist in a William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, and was selected as a 2021 Top Ten Finalist in the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Anita’s family—husband and millennial daughter—lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Anita Gail Jones photo courtesy of Adrianne Mathiowetz

 

Location: 

Academic Center, Room 255
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904
The Peach Seed: A Novel By Anita Gail Jones Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250872050
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 1st, 2023