Melodic and vibrant, this debut novel braids together three generations of an extended African-American family in which everyone is fiercely and uncompromisingly bound by love and loyalty. The story explores in particular the lives of the women in the family: Ernestine, the blind grandmother who weaves astonishing cloths; Iree, her epileptic and visionary daughter; Imani, Iree's strong-willed and fast-talking teenage daughter; and Amanda, Imani's shy best friend who is struggling to find her way. An unforgettable story that is by turns magical, tender and gritty, An Open Weave creates a rich, affirming portrait of a family and a community.
devorah gives an overview of the book:
Born and raised in California but traveling throughout the United States and Europe, Asia and parts of the Caribbean devorah major served as San Francisco Poet Laureate 2002 through 2006. In addition to being a poet she is a performer, lecturer, fiction...