Author: Brooke Obie
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: For the People Press
In this award-winning, epic tale of love, loss and the cost of liberation, 17-year-old Addis escapes from her enslaver, the first president of a young country. On the run for her life, with unlikely friends and a nation of enemies, Addis becomes the most wanted person alive and a global symbol of hope to enslaved people longing for freedom.
Written in an 18th Century Black Diasporic vernacular, Book of Addis reaches back in time to explore the intergenerational impact of oppression and plots a daring path into the future. This Gold Seal Edition includes the Book of Addis Syllabus and the Reader and Discussion Guide!
Brooke C. Obie is the award-winning author of the alternative history novel BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS. The first in a 3-part series, BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS won the 2017 Phillis Wheatley Book Award for First Fiction and the 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award for self-published fiction.
Brooke is a graduate of Hampton University, summa cum laude, Mercer University School of Law, where she served as the first Black Eleventh Circuit Survey Editor of the Mercer Law Review, and The New School’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Fiction program, where her novel proposal, which became BOOK OF ADDIS: CRADLED EMBERS, was a finalist for the Fulbright Fellowship. She’s attended Columbia University’s writer’s workshop in Paris, France and the Callaloo Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters Creative Writing Workshop at Oxford University.
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