The Chinaberry Tree
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The Chinaberry Tree

Dani and Mollie from the Black Chick Lit podcast join me to discuss Jessie Redmon Fauset's third novel, “The Chinaberry Tree”. A fascinating novel that explores the lives of three black women in a small suburban town in early 1900s New Jersey. The novel explores their desire for respectability and security through marriage. But a family secret lingers in the background of their lives and threatens to disrupt all their dreams.

In the first 30 minutes we have a spoiler free discussion of the book and Molli and Dani provide great insights on how Fauset’s classic work shares some similarity to some contemporary literary genres. The remaining portions of the discussion dig deep into the characters and the dynamics of life depicted in this novel.

Dani and Molli bring great wisdom and fun to the discussion of this novel.

Black Chick Lit is a bi-monthly podcast that talks books by and about black women. Each month, they host an in-depth look at a title written by a black woman and its author. Dani and Mollie read across genres and forms, including literary fiction, non-fiction, YA, poetry, and urban fiction. Previous episodes include Queen Sugar, by Natalie Baszile; The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

In between book discussion episodes, they host Black Chit Lit Chats. Each month, they ask listeners to share their opinions about different aspects of reader life. Check out this episode where they discuss books every black woman should read.

Listen to my other discussions of Jessie Redmond Fauset's novels