Assistant professor, Black studies in art history, art education and social justice
By Caleb Azumah Nelson
Viking Press, 2021
This short novel is an achingly beautiful romance between two young artists. It is in many ways about fear, vulnerability, trust, art and human connection. The prose is luscious. It plays with rhythm and repetition, creating a hazy poetic bubble for readers to get lost in as we follow the protagonist falling in love. It is both tender and raw — best enjoyed slowly, wrapped in a blanket with a mug of tea.