Episode 264 — Jacinda Townsend

   
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Jacinda Townsend is the guest. Her new novel Saint Monkey is now available from W.W. Norton & Co.

Roxane Gay says

Saint Monkey is an absolute marvel of a book. Jacinda Townsend is dazzling as she transports the reader to a different time and place—the 1950s, rural Kentucky, and Harlem at the height of the jazz era. Two young girls, Audrey and Caroline, fight for a place in the world and, though their paths at times diverge, their journeys and this writer will utterly captivate you.

And Booklist, in a starred review, raves

This is a breathtakingly insightful, suspenseful, and gorgeously realized novel of cruelty and sorrow, anger and forgiveness, improvisation and survival, and the transcendent beauty of nature and art.

Monologue topics: teaching my 3-year-old about death.