Book review: Memphis – Tara M. Stringfellow

This novel depicts three generations of black women growing up in Memphis, and the history and strength and warmth of their family. It is a very raw depiction of the injustice and hardships that they face as black women, but there is also a great deal of joy and love to be found within the story. The characters are all drawn so vividly and with such care; all three of these characters immediately jumped off the page and into my heart. Their personal journeys are set within the larger history of the time and place. We see Memphis through the ages, and in particular the instinctive pull towards, yet simultaneous desire to get away from this place that many of the characters face.

Finishing this novel felt like a significant moment for me; this book is absolutely going to be a success, and I anticipate it will feature on many prize lists this year. Tara M. Stringfellow is definitely an author to watch!

Many thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read an eCopy of this book.


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