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The Revisioners

A Novel

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ON SALE: November 5, 2019 | Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.25, 288 pages  | ISBN 9781640092587
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Following her National Book Award– nominated debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton returns with this equally elegant and historically inspired story of survivors and healers, of black women and their black sons, set in the American South

In 1925, Josephine is the proud owner of a thriving farm. As a child, she channeled otherworldly power to free her­self from slavery. Now, her new neighbor, a white woman named Charlotte, seeks her company, and an uneasy friendship grows between them. But Charlotte has also sought solace in the Ku Klux Klan, a relationship that jeopardizes Josephine’s family.

Nearly one hundred years later, Josephine’s descendant, Ava, is a single mother who has just lost her job. She moves in with her white grandmother, Martha, a wealthy but lonely woman who pays her grandchild to be her companion. But Martha’s behavior soon becomes erratic, then even threatening, and Ava must escape before her story and Josephine’s converge.

The Revisioners explores the depths of women’s relationships—powerful women and marginalized women, healers and survivors. It is a novel about the bonds between a mother and a child, the dangers that upend those bonds. At its core, The Revisioners ponders generational legacies, the endurance of hope, and the undying promise of freedom.

About Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON, born and raised in New Orleans, studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, won the Crook’s Corner Book Prize, and was the recipient of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.


Praise for The Revisioners

One of O, The Oprah Magazine’s Buzziest Books Coming Out This Year
Electric Literature, 1 of 48 Books by Women and Nonbinary Authors of Color to Read in 2019

“I was mesmerized by The Revisioners, a time-bending epic about family, desire, strength, and terror, as well as the possibly supernatural power of the stories we tell ourselves. Was mesmerized? Am mesmerized, will remain mesmerized. Sexton’s novel is extraordinary, and its effects will go on and on.” —R. O. Kwon, author of The Incendiaries

“Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s writing is graceful and stylish, her truths relevant and necessary—it’s just so exhilarating to read her. I was mesmerized by The Revisioners, an impeccable novel of magic, loss, and family, all anchored by generations of powerful women.” —Jami Attenberg, author of All Grown Up

“Margaret Wilkerson Sexton has done it again with The Revisioners, where ties beyond family bind us to the past. A novel as beautiful as it is hauntingly dazzling, it’s filmic in scope and sensory detail.” —Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People

“I read this wonderful novel nearly in a single sitting, carried along by its exemplary pacing and structure, its rich cast of characters, and its deft explorations of trauma, cruelty, survival, and love. Written in a haunted present and a past that’s not past, The Revisioners honors the living and the lost in a painful, tender testament to the power of fiction.” —Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

“Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s The Revisioners is a tribute, a prayer, a triumphant cry of gratitude to those who came before us. The intergenerational memories and desire for freedom and survival push Ava forward when things get hard. Moving into her grandmother’s house with her son seems to be a temporary fix, but she has no idea the legacy she has inherited. The Revisioners honors with reverence the histories of those who had no voice.” —Rachel Watkins, bookseller at Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA)

Praise for A Kind of Freedom

Long-listed for the National Book Award in Fiction

Named a Best Book of the Year by San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Culture, Southern Living, Chicago Public Library, PureWow, and East Bay Express

“This luminous and assured first novel shines an unflinching, compassionate light on three generations of a black family in New Orleans, emphasizing endurance more than damage.” —The New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

“This moving debut is ingeniously told in its passage back and forth through lives and changing times.” —The Washington Post

“As tragic as it is necessary. Each character is compelling and nuanced, making the reader all the more sorry to leave them at book’s end.” —Shondaland

“Sad, proud, provocative and quietly educational, with dialogue that credibly spans 70 years of black New Orleans vernacular, A Kind of Freedom begs for a screen adaptation. You wait and see.” —Newsday

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