Book Launch: LaTanya McQueen presents When the Reckoning Comes
In conversation with Megan Giddings
LaTanya McQueen, author of the essay collection And it Begins Like This, launches her haunting debut novel, When the Reckoning Comes. More than a decade ago, Mira fled her small, segregated hometown in the south to forget. With every mile she traveled, she distanced herself from her past: from her best friend Celine, mocked by their town as the only white girl with black friends; from her old neighborhood; from the eerie Woodsman plantation rumored to be haunted by the spirits of slaves; from the terrifying memory of a ghost she saw that terrible day when a dare-gone-wrong almost got Jesse—the boy she secretly loved—arrested for murder. But now Mira is back in Kipsen to attend Celine’s wedding at the plantation, which has been transformed into a lush vacation resort. But for all its fancy renovations, the Woodsman remains a monument to its oppressive racist history. As the weekend unfolds, Mira, Jesse, and Celine are forced to acknowledge their history together, and to save themselves from what is to come. McQueen is joined in conversation by Megan Giddings, acclaimed author of Lakewood and the forthcoming The Women Could Fly.