Mecca Jamilah Sullivan Debuts Highly Anticipated Novel This Summer- Big Girl

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As the newest member of the Department of English, Professor Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is making her debut in more ways than one. Her new novel titled Big Girl is set to release on July 12th, and we cannot wait to add it to our summer reading lists! Check out the description from W. W. Norton’s website:


Exquisitely compassionate and witty, Big Girl traces the intergenerational hungers and desires of Black womanhood, as told through the unforgettable voice of Malaya Clondon.

In her highly anticipated debut novel, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan explores the perils—and undeniable beauty—of insatiable longing.

Growing up in a rapidly changing Harlem, eight-year-old Malaya hates when her mother drags her to Weight Watchers meetings; she’d rather paint alone in her bedroom or enjoy forbidden street foods with her father. For Malaya, the pressures of her predominantly white Upper East Side prep school are relentless, as are the expectations passed down from her painfully proper mother and sharp-tongued grandmother. As she comes of age in the 1990s, she finds solace in the music of Biggie Smalls and Aaliyah, but her weight continues to climb—until a family tragedy forces her to face the source of her hunger, ultimately shattering her inherited stigmas surrounding women’s bodies, and embracing her own desire. Written with vibrant lyricism shot through with tenderness, Big Girl announces Sullivan as an urgent and vital voice in contemporary fiction.


Big Girl is available for pre-order here, and you can check out some of the advance praise below:


Curious to read more about Big Girl? Check out these in-depth reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. To stay up to date with the latest events and publications by Mecca, be sure to connect with her social media channels below:


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    Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is the author of the novel Big Girl, The Poetics of Difference, and Blue Talk and Love, winner of the Judith A. Markowitz Award from Lambda Literary. Sullivan is an associate professor of English at Georgetown University. A native of Harlem, she lives in Washington, DC. (source)