As Black History Month begins, we wanted to honor one of our favorite novels, Let the Lion Eat Straw, celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. This remarkable book is the story of one young Southern woman whose abusive mother abandons her as a girl only to return and and move her, suddenly and heartlessly, up North to Brooklyn away from those from whom she has finally found love and hope.
Hailed by Maya Angelou as a “seer of the human landscape,” Elise Southerland is a recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award for poetry and the Ann Ramsey Award for Scholarly Initiative and Action. She is also a contributing editor to Okike, An African Journal of New Writing.
We hope you'll re-visit this classic with us as we celebrate our African-American writers this month and throughout the year. A teaching guide for Let the Lion Eat Straw can be found here.