(A debut novel which tells of a young black girl who becom...)
A debut novel which tells of a young black girl who becomes a housekeeper in Detroit, and is soon the focus of a magnetic new teacher. She becomes torn between her desire to learn, and the pressures to fit in, compounded by the growing tension between her step-father and her indolent younger brother.
A. J. Verdelle finished her studies at University of Chicago, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 1982 and Master of Arts in 1986. In 1993 she graduated from Bard College, earning Master of Fine Arts.
After receiving her Master of Arts in statistics, Mrs. Verdelle moved to Brooklyn, New York, and founded a statistics consulting firm in 1988. Since 1995 she has alco become a freelance author. In 1995 she wrote her first novel, The Good Negress. It was released in paperback in 1996.
In 2010, Verdelle was featured in a documentary, Cheating the Stillness, chronicling the life of Julia Peterkin. A. J. Verdelle is published by Algonquin Books and Harper, with essays published by Crown, the Smithsonian, the Whitney Museum, Random House, and University of Georgia Press.
Quotations: "I still aspire toward ‘contemporary authorship’ and I’m now in the thick of my second novel. While The Good Negress received more than 150 reviews, I must admit that Toni Morrison’s early comment on my first novel as the transformative moment for my nascent writing psyche."
A. J. Verdelle is a partner of Alexa Birdsong, a concert producer.