Book of the Little Axe
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Lauren is the author of a well-received debut novel, ‘Til the Well Runs Dry, which was reviewed in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, the New York Post, Bustle, People, and Ebony and praised by writers from Sonia Sanchez and Tiphanie Yanique to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan. Since we acquired Book of the Little Axe, Lauren has become assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, which means that she is constantly networking with fellow writers and publishing folk and sharing work with them. In short, she’s connected. There is a hunger now for historical fiction that un-does the whitewashing of the past, and Lauren’s book—based in part on a real person, and the product of deep research—is perfect for that market and also for coverage of how the way such fiction is written and written about is changing. We’ve already received glowing blurbs from Peter Ho Davis, Elizabeth Nunez, and Laila Lalami. Drawing on historical records and artifacts, Francis-Sharma builds an entire world around real-life black American guide, Edward Rose.