Marjorie Hudson in conversation Jessica Handler - Indigo Field
Sunday, May 21, 2023 3:00 PM
A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
"Indigo Field" brims with multigenerational drama, earthy spirituality, and deeply imagined characters you are unlikely to forget. In tightly compressed, poetic language, Hudson weaves a mesmerizing story of loss, injustice, and revenge conspiring to darken the human heart—and the redemptive and unexpected ways the light comes in. —Sue Monk Kidd, bestselling author of "The Book of Longings" and "The Secret Life of Bees"
A Cappella Books is delighted to welcome author Marjorie Hudson to discuss her captivating new book, "Indigo Field." Hudson will appear in conversation with Atlanta's own Jessica Handler, award-winning author of "The Magnetic Girl."
This event is free and open to the public, and copies of "Indigo Field" will be available for purchase.
About the Book
In the rural South, a retired colonel in an upscale retirement community grieves the sudden death of his wife on the tennis court. On the other side of the highway, an elderly Black woman grieves the murder of her niece by a white man. Between them lies an abandoned field where three centuries of crimes are hidden, and only she knows the explosive secrets buried there. When the colonel runs into her car, causing a surprising amount of damage, it sparks a feud that sets loose the spirits in the Field, both benevolent and vengeful. In prose that's been called "dazzling" and "mesmerizing," in the animated voices of trees and birds and people, in Southern-voiced storytelling as deeply layered as that of Pat Conroy, Marjorie Hudson lays out the boundaries of a field that contains the soul of the South and leads us to a day of reckoning.
About the Author
Award-winning author Marjorie Hudson was born in the Midwest, raised in Washington, DC, and now makes her home in North Carolina. She is the author of "Accidental Birds of the Carolinas" (stories) and "Searching for Virginia Dare" (history/travelogue), and her essays and stories plumb the depths of the human heart. She lives on a century farm with her husband Sam and dog DJ, where she mentors writers and reads poetry to trees.
About the Conversation Partner
Jessica Handler is the author of "The Magnetic Girl," winner of the 2020 Southern Book Prize, an Indie Next selection, Wall Street Journal Spring '19 pick, Bitter Southerner Summer '19 pick, and SIBA Okra pick. She is the author of the nonfiction books "Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief" and "Invisible Sisters: A Memoir," which was named one of the "Books All Georgians Should Read" and Atlanta Magazine's "Best Memoir of 2009." Jessica's essays and nonfiction features have appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Full Grown People, Brevity, The Bitter Southerner, Electric Literature, Oldster, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, novelist Mickey Dubrow.