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Meet-the-Author: GAIL HOWARD In-Person

How long does it take a white wife to unlearn racism? How do Black people keep rage from eating into their hearts? Redding CT author Gail Howard pursues these questions in her new memoir White Wife/Blue Baby, just out from All Things That Matter Press. Set within the racial and political turmoil of the time, and reflective of our current national divide, White Wife/Blue Baby intertwines two stories: marrying across the color line in superheated ‘60s Chicago and nurturing a dangerously ill baby girl. Howard describes her experience:

“From our first date hate came at us fast. People on the street stared at my crotch, potential landlords laughed, and bogus moving violations cost my husband his license. I got the news about racism — one sucker punch at a time. When our daughter Carolyn was born with heart disease, she spent a month in intensive care. Then the doctor sent her home to gain weight, and she did. Chicago’s rage had brought us down but her joy inspired our escape. DC’s racism was less virulent but Carolyn’s life still hung by a thread. With fifty years of hindsight my memoir pursues these questions: How did I survive this experience as a parent? Why is racism invisible to the very people who are defined by it?
Publisher: ‎ All Things That Matter Press (October 3, 2023)· Paperback: ‎ 199 pages· ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8988335351

Sunday, February 11, 2024
2:00pm - 3:30pm
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