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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Introducing “Homeward,” A Captivating Story of a Black Woman’s Transformation Amidst a Changing World

Homeward By Angela Jackson-Brown

Nationwide — Known for her exceptional contributions to literature, award-winning author Angela Jackson-Brown’s highly anticipated novel Homeward weaves a powerful and evocative tale of self-discovery against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement.

Set in the tumultuous landscape of 1962 Georgia, the novel paints a picture of a nation fighting to discover its own identity, all while masterfully following Rose Perkins Bourdon’s personal metamorphosis after tragedy strikes her close to home.

A poignant journey, Homeward grapples with the complexities of courage and the unyielding pursuit of a better world while exploring themes of identity, resilience, and the indomitable spirit of those who dared to challenge the status quo. This novel resonates not only as a historical journey but as a timeless exploration of the human capacity for change.

“My journey as an author began with a father who had a vision. My daddy, M.C. Jackson, saw within me a talent for storytelling, and because of his unwavering support and amazing teachers who recognized the importance of representation, I saw no limits for myself,” said Jackson-Brown. “My sincere hope is that Homeward will show modern-day readers how important the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was. I always want readers to be entertained by what I write, but I also want them to learn something new. We have accomplished a lot in these last 60 years, but there is so much more to be accomplished. Homeward is a glimpse into the past, but also a guide for the future.”

Homeward publishes October 10, 2023 (HarperCollins/Harper Muse, softcover, $17.99; also available in audio and e-book)

Praise for Homeward:

“This is a harrowing novel about the push and pull of fidelity, family, and faith under the crush of history. Angela Jackson-Brown has written a deeply emotional novel that feels timeless while also speaking to the particularly troubled times in which we live.” — Wiley Cash, New York Times bestselling author of When Ghosts Come Home

“With a strong sense of place and well-developed characters, this follow-up is a compelling story about racism, love, community, and the strength it takes to reject a false sense of peace and move toward a better future. As Rose’s family reckons with their choices, she wages a personal battle of discovering her own worth and her purpose in her life.” — Booklist

About the Author:
Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet, and playwright who is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and a member of the graduate faculty of the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. Angela is a graduate of Troy University, Auburn University, and the Spalding low-residency MFA program in creative writing. She has published her short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry in journals like the Louisville Courier Journal and Appalachian Review. She is the author of Drinking from a Bitter Cup, House Repairs, When Stars Rain Down, and The Light Always Breaks.

About the Publisher:
Harper Muse is the only fiction imprint under HarperCollins Focus, with an emphasis on historical fiction, women’s fiction, and Southern fiction. Harper Muse seeks to illuminate minds and captivate hearts through story—effectively serving as an extension of HarperCollins Focus’ mission to connect with great writers and readers.

For press inquiries, contact Margaret Kercher, Publicity Director, Fiction, at 615-902-1182 or margaret.kercher@harpercollins.com