Best of 2021: Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Continuously making headlinesLibertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge was the most anticipated novel of 2021, and has not disappointed.

The critically acclaimed and Whiting Award–winning author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman returned with Libertie, an unforgettable story about one young Black girl’s attempt to find a place where she can be fully, and only, herself.

A long list of accolades surrounds this memorable novel in its first year of publication:

Coming of age in a free Black community in Reconstruction-era Brooklyn, Libertie Sampson is all too aware that her purposeful mother, a practicing physician, has a vision for their future together: Libertie is to go to medical school and practice alongside her. But Libertie, drawn more to music than science, feels stifled by her mother’s choices and is hungry for something else—is there really only one way to have an autonomous life? And she is constantly reminded that, unlike her light-skinned mother, Libertie will not be able to pass for white. 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 and rich with historical detail, Kaitlyn Greenidge immersive novel will resonate with readers eager to understand our present through a deep, moving, and lyrical dive into our past.

Libertie was released as a hardcover in March and comes out in paperback in March 2022! Order your copy here.

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