Happy Tiffany D. Jackson Day! We’re celebrating Tiffany and her books in two different ways on the blog and in person today.
Most importantly, it’s Book Club Day–the best day of the month! Tonight, we will be discussing Tiffany D. Jackson’s 2017 novel, Allegedly, in person at our Tampa Book Club with some of our favorites. Allegedly is a study in unreliable narrators and one of my favorite books of 2017. I highly recommend you pick it up. It will leave you reeling for days after you finish it.
We are also celebrating Tiffany on the blog. Today she is giving us her book recommendations for Black History Month. In addition, we’re going to delve into her upcoming novel, Monday’s Not Coming. This book sounds like a full-blown mystery and if Allegedly is any indicator, we are in for a heck of a ride! Let’s hop on over to find out more about Monday and Tiffany’s Black History Month book recommendations!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
A gripping, relentless, and timely new novel from critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, about the complex mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.
Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried. When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.
As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tiffany D. Jackson is the author of NAACP Image Award-nominated ALLEGEDLY and forthcoming MONDAY’S NOT COMING ( June 5th, 2018 HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). A TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking.
A LITTLE BIT MORE
Tiffany D. Jackson has over a decade of experience in the television industry, working for various networks and media companies including National Geographic (focused on documentaries such as Lockdown, a prison subculture series) Roc Nation, BET, FUSE, BBC AMERICA, and EPIX. From managing live events, concerts, festival showcases such as BET AWARDS and SXSW Music Show Case, to TV series, specials, and pilots such as FUSE: TOP 20 Countdown, Trending 10, The Hustle: After Party Live and in-studio concert series to producing hip-hop documentaries and artist promotional spots. In 2009, she wrote and directed the short horror film, The Field Trip, receiving praise in the film festival circuit.
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While writing Monday’s Not Coming, I took frequent breaks to read poetry as sort of a pallet cleanser. I wanted to fall back in love with the beauty of words and also to remember what deep love feels like, whether it be with a partner, family, or friends.
There is something so incredibly moving about a kid on a mission. Tyrell had such raw determination to claw himself out of his circumstances, that you feel for him with each step, no matter how simplistic. Survival, in any capacity, is a great and powerful motivator.
This story follows three fifth-graders coming of age in the midst of the 1979-81 Atlanta Child Murder crisis, where almost two dozen black children were abducted and found murdered throughout the area. I love fictional stories set against a historical yet suspenseful backdrop. Plus, everything Tayari writes is so rich and filling! She has a way of enveloping you into everyday curiosities and reminding you how it felt not being invited to a sleepover party.
It looks like my TBR just got 3 books taller! Have you read any of Tiffany’s recommendations? Be sure to check out our full roster of contributors in our schedule!