Join the Oceanside Public Library in welcoming Natashia Deón, author of the critically acclaimed novel, GRACE, named a Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016 and an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, Buzzfeed, LA Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Feminist Wire, Asian American Lit Review, Rattling Wall, B O D Y and other places.
Recipient of a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, Deón has also been awarded fellowships and residencies at Yale, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, Prague's Creative Writing Program, Dickinson House in Belgium, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside--Palm Desert.
"GRACE is a novel about women, women who are survivors, who fight valiantly and learn to keep their dignity and humanity despite their circumstances. Women who create families of their choosing when family is withheld from them—families that are more than blood but a powerful kind of kinship. And the black people in this story, some of whom are slaves, were not only brutalized bodies or victims of a dehumanizing system, but resilient lovers, dreamers, mothers, daughters, thinkers, heroes and more. This is GRACE."
-- Natashia Deón