Join us as we welcome Shannon Gibney for a reading and moderated conversation with Rachel DeWoskin for Gibney's new Young Adult novel, Dream Country.
Dream Country begins in suburban Minneapolis at the moment when 17-year-old Kollie Flomo begins to crack under the strain of his life as a Liberian refugee. He's exhausted by being at once too black and not black enough for his African American peers and worn down by the expectations of his own family and the Liberian community. When his frustration finally spills into violence and his parents send him back to Monrovia to reform school, the story shifts. The story ultimately encompasses five generations of Kollie’s family. This is a riveting tale of the nightmarish spiral of death and exile connecting America and Africa, and of how one determined young dreamer--Kollie’s sister, Angel--tries to break free and gain control of her destiny.
Shannon Gibney is an author and university professor. Her novel See No Color, drawn from her life as a transracial adoptee, won the Minnesota Book Award and was hailed by Publishers Weekly as "an unflinching look at the complexities of racial identity." Her essay "Fear of a Black Mother" appears in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth. She lives with her two Liberian-American children in Minneapolis.