“I don’t know this woman, I don’t like this woman, but I understand this woman,” says author Morgan Jerkins of what she wants her readers to takeaway from reading the complex, challenging women who make up her debut novel l Caul Baby (Harper 2021).
In this episode, essayist, memoirist, and, now, novelist Morgan Jerkins sits down with Lissa Jones. She discusses her inspirations for this story, both from her past (as a teenager she worked in her father’s OB/GYN practice) and present (she tells us her character Amara was inspired by Vice President Kamala Harris). Though Caul Baby is a work of fiction with hints of magical realism, it is deeply rooted in the experiences of Black womanhood.
Morgan Jerkins is the author of Wandering in Strange Lands (HarperCollins 2020) and the New York Times bestseller This Will Be My Undoing (HarperCollins 2018) and a Senior Culture Editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated. Jerkins is a visiting professor at Columbia University and a Forbes 30 Under 30 leader in media, and her short-form work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Elle, Esquire, and the Guardian, among many other outlets. She is based in Harlem. More information about her work can be found on her website.
What are you reading ?
As we ask all our guests, we asked: What are your reading? In the episode, Morgan tells us she’s reading God of Mercy by Okezie Nwoka which is set to be released by Penguin Random House this fall.