Review by Linda Lowen
Sometimes the conversations we have with strangers are the most revealing, allowing us to open up about worries, hurts, and fears without feeling judged. Suppose you spilled your heart out to one such person -- a wise older neighbor, let’s say -- and formed a casual acquaintance over the years, trusting in her to keep your secrets. And then, one day, you come home to your neighborhood where police cruisers and TV news vans cluster around an ambulance as paramedics shield a white-shrouded body from view. It’s your neighbor, but she’s not who you thought she was. She’s been living incognito with her own secret: she’s a revered, iconic, influential Black writer, up there with Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou.
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