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Blue Hour

By Tiffany Clarke Harrison
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Publisher Description

A Barack Obama 2023 Summer Reading selection

What is motherhood in the midst of uncertainty, buried trauma, and an unraveling America? What it’s always been—a love song.


Our narrator is a gifted photographer, an uncertain wife, an infertile mother, a biracial woman in an unraveling America. As she grapples with a lifetime of ambivalence about motherhood, yet another act of police brutality makes headlines, and this time the victim is Noah, a boy in her photography class. Unmoored by the grief of a recent devastating miscarriage and Noah’s fight for his life, she worries she can no longer chase the hope of having a child, no longer wants to bring a Black body into the world. Yet her husband Asher—contributing white, Jewish genes alongside her Black-Japanese ones for any potential child—is just as desperate to keep trying.

Throwing herself into a new documentary on motherhood, and making secret visits to Noah in the hospital, this when she learns she is, impossibly, pregnant. As the future shifts once again, she must decide yet again what she dares hope for the shape of her future to be. Fearless, timely, blazing with voice, Blue Hour is a fragmentary novel with unignorable storytelling power.

11 Reviews

3.5
“I read the digital ARC of this on Netgalley. A novel told in vignettes the way the different threads are woven is beautifully intricate. The themes overlap and connect to form a complex narrative of our main character and her relationships as she navigates infertility, miscarriages, and grief as a black woman. I loved how layered the characters were but especially our main character. I felt deeply attached to her and I spent the novel hoping that she would get closure and happiness as she endures so much hardship. The writing style is poetic and intimate. If you liked Ocean Vuong's novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous" I think you'd love this.”
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Believable charactersDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenSuspensefulRealistic settingThought-provokingRacismViolence

About Tiffany Clarke Harrison

TIFFANY CLARKE HARRISON writes about your feelings. The ones that feel good, the ones that don’t, and definitely the ones you don’t want anyone to know. Writing novels has always been the goal, and Blue Hour is her debut. She graduated from Salisbury University with a BA in English, Creative Writing concentration, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Queens University of Charlotte. Writing is a whole-body experience, and her intuitive writing process has helped shape the raw honesty of her stories, and the stories of other authors she’s coached. Tiffany lives with her husband and two children in North Carolina.

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