Fort Greene store:
Thursday, July 20, 7:30 PM
Zinzi Clemmons presents What We Lose
In conversation with Margo Jefferson
Zinzi Clemmons’s debut novel What We Lose is both a luminous coming-of-age story of a young African-American woman and a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, country, and loss. Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother's childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor--someone, or something, to love. Told in exquisite and emotional vignettes, Clemmons creates a stunning portrayal of what it means to choose to live, after loss. What We Lose has been named one of the Most Anticipated Books of the season by Buzzfeed, Elle, Cosmopolitan and more. Clemmons is joined in conversation with Margo Jefferson, writer and author of the memoir Negroland, followed by a Q&A and signing.