Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel, We Love You, Charlie Freeman, is full of compelling characters and has the most unique premise of any book I read this year.
It's about the Freemans, a Black family in the early 90s that picks up and leaves their life in the Boston area behind to move to a rural part of Massachusetts to take part in a unique experiment. They take up residence at the Toneybee Institute for Ape Research with a chimp named Charlie, and they're charged with teaching him American Sign Language while treating him like a member of the family.
The novel also goes back in time to the 1920s where we meet a character named
Nymphadora, who was involved with the Toneybee during its early days.
I caught up with Kaitlyn this fall at the Miami Book Fair, and she was super thoughtful and wonderful to talk to during our interview.
- why she wanted to write about moments when language fails
- how a lecture she attended gave her the idea for the novel
- why she enjoys writing about sibling relationships
- the novel she read to research the history of racist scientific experiments in the U.S.
Click here to listen to the podcast.
We have a free, signed copy of We Love You, Charlie Freeman to give away. It will go to the first listener to tell us which former ReadMore guest Kaitlyn gives a shoutout to during our interview. You can contact us through Facebook or Twitter (@ReadMorePodcast) to provide the answer.
If you have won a ReadMore giveaway in the last 90 days, you're ineligible for this contest. Also, if you and I ever walked from Morrison to North Campus together, you're probably ineligible. ReadMore does not have a friends and family plan! But we'll always have perfection in musicianship, precision in marching and quality in character.
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We Love You, Charlie Freeman
UPDATE 1/2/17 --- On December 30, Maounda Christopher reached out to us on Twitter to answer our trivia question and won a free, signed copy of We Love You, Charlie Freeman. Congratulations, Maounda, who is also our second winner from Barbados!