Joan Lester - Mama's Child

Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

Featuring "Bliss" Ananda Kenboya on conga drums!

Mama’s Child ($15.00) is Joan Lester's story of an idealistic young white woman who travels to the American South as a civil rights worker, falls in love with an African American man, and starts a family in San Francisco, where the more liberal city embraces them—except when it doesn’t. They raise a son and daughter, but the tensions surrounding them have a negative impact on their marriage, and they divorce when their children are still young. As the years pass, the chasm between mother and daughter widens, even as the mother attempts to hold on to the emotional chord that binds them. It isn’t until the daughter, Ruby, herself becomes a wife and mother that she begins to develop compassion and understanding for the many ways that her own mother’s love transcended race and questions of identity.

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 California.


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ISBN: 9781451693188
Availability: Special Order
Published: Atria Books - May 7th, 2013

A stunning tale about the deeply entrenched conflicts between a white mother and her biracial daughter.