Been hearing a lot of good stuff about this novel.
Jump at the Sun by Kim McLarin.
Explores the life of an academic who seems to have it all. House in the suburbs. Wonderful kids and husband. A few generations away from Jim Crow, segretation, and slavery, and she's appreciative of all her past generations have done to provide a shoulder for her to stand on. Still, questions and moments of reflection remain.
I read Kim McLarin's first novel, Taming It Down, a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Jump at the Sun is her third, and her publisher is pushing it as her "breakout" novel. So far it's doing well on the charts.
But with breakout success, however that's defined, come questions about what it means to be dubbed "universal" by critics (interview here).
Certainly, those are questions all of us in the arts -- whether it's literature, music, or the stage -- think about as we pursue our dreams.
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