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debut novel, Coleman Hill

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In Coleman Hill, the fates of two American families intertwine in the wake of the Great Migration.

NEW: Shortlisted for the 2024 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Debut Author; Finalist for the 2024 Audie Award for Multi-Voiced Performance

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Kim Coleman Foote is author of the novel, Coleman Hill (SJP Lit/Zando), inspired by her family’s experience of the Great Migration from Alabama and Florida to Vauxhall, New Jersey, c. 1916–80s.

An award-winning writer of fiction and memoir, Kim’s work has appeared most recently in The Best American Short Stories 2022, Iron Horse Literary Review, Ecotone, and The Rumpus. Major honors include writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy, Center for Fiction, Yaddo, MacDowell, and Hedgebrook.

Kim grew up in New Jersey, where she started writing at the age of seven(ish). Her work focuses on marginalized histories, relationships between Africa and its diaspora, and gender and class. Currently in progress is Salt Water Sister, a novel about Ghana and the trans-Atlantic slave trade, which weaves the stories of three young women in the eighteenth century and present day.

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