In The Furrows, Namwali Serpell draws readers into the roiling nature of grief in a powerful narrative that explores memory, loss, and Black identity without resting on what she calls the “meaningless platitude” that art promotes empathy.
“I will miss thinking about Joan and her world every second of every day.” —Weike Wang, author of Joan Is Okay
“Everything fell out of me in five intense sleepless weeks.” —Xavier Navarro Aquino, author of Velorio
“If you feel that the story is good and that it needs to be read, then keep at it until you’re happy with it.” —Obed Silva, author of The Death of My Father the Pope
“I wanted to articulate and be honest to the emotion of grief.” —Eugene Lim, author of Search History
The author of The Devoted searches for the unexpected door in her fiction.
“I find it really hard to follow a routine in almost every part of my life.” —Kat Chow, author of Seeing Ghosts
“The hardest part of writing Virga was finding the courage to be vulnerable on the page.” —Shin Yu Pai, author of Virga
“Eventually, like a banner, the imagination unfurls itself.” —Jo Ann Beard, author of Festival Days
“I’ve been writing it for eighteen years. More than half my life.” —Fariha Róisín, author of Like a Bird