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The story follows two sisters as they contend with the effects of colonialism in Jamaica and the intergenerational trauma caused by that violence. Their relationships with each other, their love interests, their mother, and everyone in between are informed by the lasting influence of continued colonization. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Bahni Turpin, which I absolutely recommend. Benn deftly intertwines various themes of colorism, trauma, sex work, sexual assault, and homophobia, all through the lens of the ramifications of patriarchal, white colonialism. Everything is informed by the damage done by racism and colonization.
You should celebrate Black History Month by reading all of these books right now. This epic megapost is your glorious opportunity to meet more than amazing black LGBT women who've made their mark over the last years. Audre Lorde called herself a "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, and poet," and her poems — about race, sexuality, love, loss, parenthood, politics, and death — are emotional and angry and warm all at once.
I wouldn't be the editor — or the person — I am today if I hadn't read the work of these extraordinary women. Lisa C. Moore, RedBone Press: The two go hand in hand. As an editor and publisher, I stay cognizant of the inherent power of publishing.