A Queer Black Woman’s Story of a Family Lost and Found
by Nikkya Hargrove

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In this searing and uplifting memoir, a young Black queer woman fresh out of college adopts her baby brother after their incarcerated mother dies, determined to create the kind of family she never had.

Growing up, Nikkya Hargrove’s mother was in and out of prison. Hargrove, one of the 5...
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Published By Algonquin Books

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 240

Publication Date 10/15/2024

ISBN 9781643751580

Dimensions 5.5 inches x 8.25 inches

“A powerful and moving testament to love and redemption.”

— Phuc Tran, author of Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In

Mama is an evocative, unflinching, and ultimately triumphant tale of the burdens and bounty of familial love. Both brilliant and brave, Hargrove opens her heart on every page of this notable debut, and the result is transcendent.”

— Mat Johnson, author of Invisible Things and Pym

Mama is unforgettable: a compassionate, wise, observant, full-hearted, and beautifully crafted memoir of queer love and family that is destined to be beloved by many readers and will leave you cheering. Hargrove offers a deep and stirring view of the impacts of addiction and the criminal justice system on Black women, offering an account of hope, heartbreak, faith, courage, joy, and the comfort and care of extended and chosen families.”

— Sonya Huber, author of Voice First: A Writer's Manifesto and Pain Woman Takes Your Keys

“Bracing, intimate, and immensely personal, Mama is also a quintessential story of our American generation: the story of growing up in the throes of Mass Incarceration. Now, as a mother and author, Nikkya shares that story with the same courage with which she faced so many challenges before. Anyone interested in forging a better American future should read this book.”

— Max Kenner, founder and executive director, Bard Prison Initiative