CUNY Distinguished Professor Dr. Elizabeth Nunez of Medgar Evers College has penned her seventh novel, Anna In-Between – a work exploring family strife and immigrant identity. This latest addition in the award-winning novelist’s long and distinguished literary career was lauded by The New York Times Book Review as “a psychologically and emotionally astute family portrait.” The work also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly which praised the tome’s “expressive prose and compelling characters that immediately hook the reader.” The Library Journal’s starred review says Nunez has “created a moving and insightful character study while delving into the complexities of identity politics” and highly recommends its addition to fiction collections. Booklist heralds the work as an “intimate portrait of the unknowable secrets and indelible ties that bind husbands and wives, mothers and daughters.”
The 320-page hardcover, on bookstands late August, focuses on Anna Sinclair, a New York City book editor from an upper-class Caribbean family who, while on vacation at her parents’ Caribbean home, discovers that her mother, Beatrice, has advanced breast cancer. Her mother scorns treatment in the U.S., believing she will receive second-rate care as a black woman, leaving Anna and her father to balance respect for her wishes with guidance towards her best interests. A significant achievement of Anna is shining a harsh light on the ambiguous situation of a ruling-class family rising from the constraints of colonialism to employ their own servants.
Fellow authors have praised the work. “Anna In-Between is Elizabeth Nunez’s best novel,” said Ishmael Reed, author of Mumbo Jumbo. He added: “Nunez proves that a great writer, armed with intellect, talent, and very little equipment, can challenge a multibillion-dollar media operation. As long as she writes her magnificent books, characters like the Sinclairs, characters with depth and integrity, will not be hidden from us.” Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I’m Dying, notes, “A new book by Elizabeth Nunez is always excellent news. Probing and lyrical, this fantastic novel is one of her best yet. Fall into her prose. Immerse yourself in her world. You will not be disappointed.”
Dr. Nunez is the author of several books including Prospero’s Daughter, Grace, Bruised Hibiscus, and Stories from Blue Latitudes: Caribbean Women Writers at Home and Abroad. The New York Times Book Review has described her as “a master of pacing and plotting,” and literary critics have compared her work to that of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Some of her accolades include the American Book Award for Bruised Hibiscus, Novel of the Year from Black Issues Book Review and New York Times Editors Choice for Prospero’s Daughter, an honorary doctorate from Marian University, and the Caribbean American Heritage Award. She is also co-founder of the National Black Writers Conference and was conference director for eighteen years as well as executive producer of the CUNY TV series “Black Writers in America”, nominated for a NY Emmy Award.
To read the New York Times Book Review, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/06/books/review/Finnerty-t.html.
Dr. Nunez has several book–related signings and readings upcoming. Please check the college events calendar for listings: http://www.mec.cuny.edu/news-wire/events.asp.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1969 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.