The Blue Hour
A quick, immersive dip into one woman’s life. Loss, trauma, guilt, and fear for the lives of Black children are central to the protagonist’s existence. As a woman of Black and Japanese descent married to a Jewish man, our unnamed narrator struggles with the idea of the two of them bringing a child into the world - the world she is documenting in a film about the murders of Black children. She tells her story in first person, speaking “to” her husband. This is powerful prose examining family, race, and grief in today’s United States. Recommended by Nancy
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