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Kaitlyn Greenidge, “Libertie”
In conversation with Ryan Krull, Interviews Editor - Boulevard Magazine
Coming of age as a freeborn Black girl in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, expects her to go to medical school. But unlike her mother, who can pass, Libertie has skin that is too dark. When a young man from Haiti proposes to Libertie and promises she will be his equal on the island, she accepts, only to discover that she is still subordinate to him and all men. As she tries to parse what freedom actually means for a Black woman, Libertie struggles with where she might find it—for herself and for generations to come. Inspired by the life of one of the first Black female doctors in the United States, Kaityln Greenidge’s immersive novel is rich with historical detail.
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