Join Lucy Scholes as she talks with American author Mecca Jamilah Sullivan about her debut novel, Big Girl – reviewed by the New York Times as ‘achingly beautiful’ – about a young black girl growing up in 1990s Harlem. On the table for discussion is coming-of-age fiction, beauty standards, women’s bodies and matrilineal traditions.
On the nightstand – books that are currently on your bedside table
James Hannaham’s Didn’t Nobody Give a Sh*t What Happened to Carlotta; Bettina Judd’s Feelin.
On your mind – a recent article, podcast, film, series or song
Change f. Luther Vandross, “The Glow of Love” (song)
On the shelf – one book that made you think about feminism in a new way
Ntozake Shange’s A Daughter’s Geography
On the pedestal – tell us about one person (woman or non-binary) you admire
Special 50th Anniversary question – what one Virago book would you pass on? (Your Golden Apple).
Tune in next time for more conversation about books, feminism and culture.
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