Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair
Excerpt from Chapter 8: THE Argument
“Don’t ask ‘What is spaghetti,’ ask, ‘What is a Graduate Student?’ Here is the prophecy.”
“A Graduate Student will be a being who lives on spaghetti with ramen sauce, the kind with MSG.”
“Further, Graduate Students cannot be stopped.
“You can renovate their libraries from under them.
“You can spill coffee on their notebooks.
“You can demagnetize their disks.
“You can lay them low with mono.
“You can infest their apartments with locusts and their books with silverfish.
“A Graduate Student will be able to scrape under the collar of the peanut butter jar for the last bit of peanut butter.
Asenath and The Origin of Nappy Hair
Excerpt from Chapter 7: Angel Square
Of all the angels in heaven, Asenath, you are the most perverse, because you actually want to stay. Here we are on another bright Heavenly morning, well, you know what I mean, our light here can be so provoking — so what if we call it morning, what’s wrong with that? Yes, I know it’s afternoon, but these afternoons might as well be mornings. Always bright. Always Heavenly. And we angels hovering around in Boylston Hall to watch you and the Dean.
Excerpt from Chapter 6
In Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair, the poet John Milton remembers meeting my character, Shirah Shulamit, “How I remember our walk, you and I, hand in hand, with lingering steps and slow, from the Carnegie Library at Seventh and K, the H Street bus, Benning Road, across the Anacostia River, Kenilworth Avenue to Mayfair Mansions and Eastland Gardens and the Garden of Converging Paths in Kenilworth and then uptown to your family’s new house in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC.
From November 3, 2014 through January 1, 2015, I’ll be posting excerpts from my latest novel, Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair. Please click on Asenath in the menu above, or go to carolivia.com/asenath to read these excerpts in order. The novel is in the proof stage right now but will be available for purchase online and in bookstores by December 1, 2014.
The final proof of Asenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair arrived yesterday, Tuesday, October 14, 2014. This novel for adults goes on sale November 1, 2014.