Alessandra met with Sara Collins to discuss her debut novel The Confessions of Frannie Langton – a book that has been described as a stunning debut and a dazzling page turner.
For those who may not know of her, Sara Collins is a writer of Jamaican descent, who grew up in Grand Cayman and studied law at LSE (London School of Economics) before eventually studying creative writing at Cambridge.
Before Cambridge, she practised law, and while at Cambridge, she received the 2015 Michael Holroyd Prize for Creative Writing. Her debut novel, The Confessions of Frannie Langton was first published in the UK on the 28th of March 2019, before being released in North America (USA and Canada) the following month (April 2019).
In this spotlite exclusive, Sara discusses the story behind Confessions, how Francis Barber’s (not Frances Barber’s) story led to the creation of Frannie Langton, and the interesting parallels between marriage and slavery.
Sara went on to highlight the significance of Frannie’s experience as an embodiment of the intersection between race and gender, linking her protagonist’s experiences to those of black women today – especially the struggles that come with identifying more with the struggles of women at certain times, while at other times, identifying more with the struggles of black people without being able to fit into one category at the expense of the other.
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