Jump at the Sun

Jump at the Sun

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In her previous books, celebrated author Kim McLarin skillfully examined issues of race and love. "Jump at the Sun" is her stunning third novel in which she addresses the same complicated subjects, as well as gender, class, and motherhood. Grace Jefferson is an educated and accomplished modern woman, a child of the Civil Rights dream, and she knows it well. But after a series of rattling personal transitions, she finds herself in a new house in a new city and in a new career for which she feels dangerously unsuited: a stay-at-home mom. Caught between the only two models of mothering she has ever known -- a sharecropping grandmother who abandoned her children to save herself and a mother who sacrificed all to save her kids -- Grace struggles to embrace her new role, hoping to find a middle ground. But as the days pass and the pressures mount, Grace begins to catch herself in small acts of abandonment -- speeding up on neighborhood walks, closing doors with the children on one side and her on the other -- that she fears may foretell a future she is powerless to prevent. Or perhaps it's a future she secretly seeks. "Jump at the Sun" is a novel about an isolating suburban life and the continuing legacy of slavery, about generational change and the price of living the dream for which our parents fought. Primarily it is a novel about motherhood, and not a sentimental one. As Grace struggles not to damage her children with her own fears and complications, her thoughts stray far from the greeting-card picture often expected of mothers in society today. In her bold and fearless voice McLarin explores both the highs and the lows of being a mother and how breaking the cycle of suffocation and regret is infuriatingly difficult, and absolutely necessary.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 144.8 x 231.1 x 30.5mm | 544.32g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0060528494
  • 9780060528492

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The book moves like a white-water rafting trip, zipping along through treacherous waters. McLarin's muscular writing spares nobody--Philadelphia Inquirer
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"readers will find Grace's desperation heartfelt and her journey absorbing, as told in vigorous, luxuriant prose." Washington Post
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