Writers’ Workshop graduate Naomi Jackson will read from her debut novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill. This lyrical novel of community, betrayal, and love centers on an unforgettable matriarchal family in Barbados. Two sisters, aged ten and sixteen, are exiled from Brooklyn to Bird Hill in Barbados (where the family has lived for centuries) after their mother can no longer care for them due to her debilitating depression.
Naomi Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents. While studying at Iowa she was awarded the Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction, and later traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship.
“Jackson has written a first novel full of heart and heartbreak, a novel about going home, about the ties that bind three generations of women across years and despite absence. It is a bittersweet lesson in learning to recognize love.” —Ayana Mathis