Listen to Interviews with Debut Novelists James Scott and Jacinda Townsend
As stated in an earlier post, the debut novels of James Scott and Jacinda Townsend, The Kept and Saint Monkey, respectively, are two of my favorites this year. The Kept, set in upstate New York in 1897, featured two protagonists, a mother and her 12 year-old son, seeking the killers of their family. What drives the novel is both the trek to find the killers and the unveiling of the secrets of the mother that lead to the tragedy, and her son learning the true story of his family.
Saint Monkey,set initially in rural Kentucky and other places between 1957 and 1963,the two protagonists are teenage women growing into adulthood who are best friends growing apart. Townsend captures the essence of the rebellious teenagers with the complication of being black in a segregated world while enduring family tragedy. With a backdrop of the burgeoning civil rights movement, the two women go their separate ways with periodic reunions filled with tension.
Both authors were interviewed on KAZi Book Review earlier this year. To listen to the interviews click: ,