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Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs was born and raised in Jamaica and moved with her family to Brooklyn when she was twelve. A graduate of Hunter College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has been published in Small Axe and the Paris Review, which awarded her the Plimpton Prize in 2017. She is also the author of How to Love a Jamaican and Who Don't Hear Will Feel. Alexia Arthurs lives in Iowa City.
Alexia Arthurs recommends
So We Can Glow (2020)
Leesa Cross-Smith
"I so admire these stirring, sexy, haunting stories about the darkest corners of women's inner lives. A treat for the soul and the senses, and funny too. Leesa Cross-Smith is a wonderful storyteller."
These Ghosts Are Family (2020)
Maisy Card
"Written with the brand of Jamaican humor I know and love, These Ghosts Are Family is a book I didn't know I needed to read, which might be the best kind of book. Maisy Card is a wonderful arrival for Caribbean literature."
God of Mercy (2021)
Okezie Nwọka
"God of Mercy is an elegantly written, morally rigorous exploration of tradition and belonging. Reminiscent of Toni Morrison's inventive language-making and Chinua Achebe's decolonizing legacy, Okezie Nwoka is a masterful storyteller, and a writer of unusual grace."

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