Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s latest novel moves between the voices of two African American women who are related, but separated by nearly 100 years. The Revisioners opens in 2017, when biracial single mother Ava has just moved into her white grandmother’s house with her 12-year-old son. But soon the book flashes back to 1924 as Josephine, a former slave and Ava’s ancestor, meets her new white neighbors. As their storylines parallel in alarming ways, Wilkerson crafts a necessary narrative on motherhood, race and freedom.
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