It takes courage to be vulnerable and authentic to the whole world. When I meet people who say to me, "Everyone says I should write a book," I nod and ask, "What's holding you back?" Usually, they are overwhelmed by the concept. And, of course, all that writing.
Ailey is reared in the north in the City but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. From an early age, Ailey fights a battle for belonging that’s made all the more difficult by a hovering trauma, as well as the whispers of women—her mother, Belle, her sister, Lydia, and a maternal line reaching back two centuries—that urge Ailey to succeed in their stead.