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Soraya Palmer
Soraya Palmer
Author of The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts
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Magical Realism
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Sam

Welcome

On my mind

I love fairy tales and folklore of all kinds, magical realism and surrealism. I'm working on a memoir in essays on magic, love, and visibility for Black women.

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

I am excited to connect with others who are moved by the magic of Anansi and the stories of Black resistance.

Looking forward to connecting!

Drop me a line,

Soraya Palmer

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The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and other Essential Ghosts

Folktales and spirits animate this lively and unforgettable coming-of-age tale of two Jamaican-Trinidadian sisters in Brooklyn grappling with their mother's illness, their father's infidelity, and the truth of their family's past...

"What happens to stories that are born of another land? When they migrate multiple times and across multiple generations? Soraya Palmer's ambitious and passionate debut, The Human Origins of Beatrice Porter and Other Essential Ghosts, is a thoughtful exploration of these questions . . . This is a book written with the gods of storytelling in mind; it highlights what stories can do--that it's not just the stories that evolve with each telling, but we ourselves who are rearranged too."

— Ingrid Rojas Contreras, The New York Times Book Review

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Whatever Gets You Through

Twelve Survivors on Life after Sexual Assault

In the era of #MeToo, we’ve become better at talking about sexual assault. But sexual assault isn’t limited to a single, terrible moment of violence: it stays with survivors, following them wherever they go.

Through the voices of twelve diverse writers, Whatever Gets You Through offers a powerful look at the narrative of sexual assault not covered by the headlines—the weeks, months, and years of survival and adaptation that people live through in its aftermath. With a foreword by Jessica Valenti, an extensive introduction by editors Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee, and contributions from acclaimed literary voices such as Alicia Elliott, Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Heather O’Neill, and Juliane Okot Bitek, the collection explores some of the many different forms that survival can take.

"These writers' prose and generosity are nothing short of profound."
— Booklist (★)

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