Winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism
Winner of the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2020 Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography
This book focuses on the experiences of young Black women and the evolutions of their intimate lives at the beginning of the 20th Century in Philadelphia and New York. A time where free love, common-law and transient marriages, serial partners, cohabitation outside wedlock, queer relations, and single motherhood became more commonly accepted. Hartman’s book considers the way these revolutionary changes affected the Black community and Black families.