Jenna Caldwell's debut novel, Still Waters, is available for purchase.
Published by New Degree Press in September 2022.
"I was blown away from the first scene. All the imagery, crispness of language and rhythm to the prose really sets the tone for the book." — Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of How to Be an Antiracist
"A clever retelling of history...creative and original." — Josiah Bates, TIME
"A thoughtful reimagining of a young life unjustly cut short." — Lauren Lumpkin, The Washington Post
"A brilliant reimagining of history that offers a human experience to a young boy whose legacy has otherwise been overshadowed by tragedy and trauma." — Mariah Espada, TIME
When George, a high school teacher, wakes up one morning, he's surprised to find his doting wife, Henrietta, cooking breakfast for him and their three young children, Junior, Cynthia and Addie. Not because this is out of the ordinary—as far as George can tell, this is routine—but because he doesn't recognize them. Any of them. Or himself, he soon realizes. Hundreds of miles from the only home he's ever known, George tries to adapt to his new, idyllic life and navigate the unique challenges that come with it. But his past won't let him move on so easily.
As he struggles to let go of what was and hold onto what is—and, more importantly, what can be—traumas, past and present, dare to carry George back to a world he desperately wants to escape.
Rooted in a dark, and important, history, Still Waters is an emotionally gripping story of love and loss that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
2023 NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD
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