Ancestor Trouble

Ancestor Trouble’s Best of 2022 Mentions

Ancestor Trouble is a best book of 2022, according to The New Yorker, NPR, The Washington Post, Time, and Esquire. It was also a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. Much gratitude to all the editors and critics who made these decisions and conferred these distinctions in a truly wonderful year for books.

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Writing About Abuse is Not Abuse*

If you are a writer struggling with the ethics of sharing your own history, remember that dragging these experiences out of hiding does not make you the harmful one.

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A Recommendation for Y’all. And Some Receipts.

For the New York Times Magazine, I wrote a letter of recommendation for “y’all,” a word I shied away from in my youth as a transplant from Dallas to Miami and have since circled back to not once, but twice. Here’s an excerpt: Growing up in Miami, I dreaded being told that I sounded like a hick. In my teens, . . .

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