Suzanne Feldman is the recipient of The Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize and a finalist for the Bakeless Prize in fiction. She earned an M.A. in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University and a B.F.A. in Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is the author of award-winning science fiction titles, such as “Speaking Dreams” and “The Annunciate,” published under the pen name, Severna Park. Her short fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Missouri Review, Gargoyle and other literary journals. Suzanne’s novel “Absalom’s Daughters” was published in July 2016. She lives in Frederick, Md.
Author Website: http://absalomsdaughters.com/
A spellbinding debut about half sisters, one black and one white, on a 1950s road trip through the American South
Self-educated and brown-skinned, Cassie works full time in her grandmother’s laundry in rural Mississippi. Illiterate and white, Judith falls for “colored music” and dreams of life as a big city radio star. These teenaged girls are half-sisters. And when they catch wind of their wayward father’s inheritance coming down in Virginia, they hitch their hopes to a road trip together to claim what’s rightly theirs.
In an old junk car, with a frying pan, a ham, and a few dollars hidden in a shoe, they set off through the American Deep South of the 1950s, a bewitchingly beautiful landscape as well as one bedeviled by racial strife and violence. Suzanne Feldman's Absalom’s Daughters combines the buddy movie, the coming-of-age tale, and a dash of magical realism to enthrall and move us with an unforgettable, illuminating novel.