Widely Acclaimed Author Debuts Memoir
Contributed by Megan Richard
Widely acclaimed author Mira Jacob’s highly anticipated memoir, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, is just released in 2019.
“How brown is too brown?” “Can Indians be racist?” “What does real love between really different people look like?” Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob’s half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first, they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she’s gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love. Written with humor and vulnerability, this deeply relatable graphic memoir is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions.
“Jacob’s earnest recollections are often heartbreaking, but also infused with levity and humor. What stands out most is the fierce compassion with which she parses the complexities of family and love.”—Time
About the Author
Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, which was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India's Tata First Literature Award, longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize, and honored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Her recent writing, drawings, and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, Guernica, Vogue, Glamour, the Telegraph Buzzfeed and Shondaland. She teaches fiction at NYU, The New School, and Randolph College. In September 2014, Mira was named the Emerging Novelist Honoree at Hudson Valley Writer's Center, where she received a commendation from the U.S. Congress. She is currently drawing and writing her graphic memoir, Good Talk: Conversations I'm Still Confused About (Random House, 2019). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, documentary filmmaker Jed Rothstein, and their son.