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Black Chameleon by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

In Black Chameleon, Deborah tells her own story while remixing myths and drawing on traditions from all over the world.

Last Updated on November 1, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle

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About Black Chameleon by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Black Chameleon by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is a praise song and an elegy for Black womanhood. She tells her own story while remixing myths and drawing on traditions from all over the world: mothers literally grow eyes in the backs of their heads, children dust the childhood off their bodies, and women come to love the wildness of the hair they once tried to tame.

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It’s often said that Black women are magic, but what if they really are mythological?

Growing up as a Black girl in America, Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton yearned for stories she could connect to―true ones, of course, but also fables and mythologies that could help explain both the world and her place in it. Greek and Roman myths felt as dusty and foreign as ancient ruins, and tales by Black authors were often rooted too far in the past, a continent away.

Mouton’s memoir is a praise song and an elegy for Black womanhood. She tells her own story while remixing myths and drawing on traditions from all over the world: mothers literally grow eyes in the backs of their heads, children dust the childhood off their bodies, and women come to love the wildness of the hair they once tried to tame. With a poet’s gift for lyricism and poignancy, Mouton reflects on her childhood as the daughter of a preacher and a harsh but loving mother, living in the world as a Black woman whose love is all too often coupled with danger, and finally learning to be a mother to another Black girl in America.

Of the moment yet timeless, playful but incendiary, Mouton has staked out new territory in the memoir form.

About The Epigraph Literary Festival

The Epigraph Literary Festival is a free virtual celebration that introduces readers to authors with new and upcoming books and hosts reading and lifestyle-themed sessions. Join us for 3-days of literary fun and topple your reading list!

Learn more and attend our next event: https://festival.bibliolifestyle.com

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Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

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