Lesley Lokko Reads from Her Intergenerational Novel, Soul Sisters
From Damian Barr’s Literary Salon Podcast
Damian Barr’s Literary Salon tempts the world’s best writers to read exclusively from their latest greatest works and share their own personal stories. Star guests include Jojo Moyes, John Waters, Yaa Gyasi, Mary Beard, Diana Athill and Louis de Bernières—all in front of a live audience at leading glamorous locations world-wide. Our London home is the Savoy. Suave Salonnière Damian Barr is your host.
This episode’s reading comes all the way from Accra, Ghana, as Lesley Lokko (supported by a beautiful dawn chorus of birds!) shares her new book, Soul Sisters, with us.
It’s a rich, intergenerational tale of love, race, power and secrets that centers on the lifelong friendship between two women: Scottish Jen McFadden and South African-born Kemisa Mashabane, known to her friends as Kemi. The ties that bind them are strong but become tested when a member of the black South African elite, Solam Matsunyane, notices them. Handsome, charismatic, charming, and a successful young banker, he’s enamored with both Jen and Kemi, but who will he choose? All the while, the real story behind the two families’ connection threatens to reveal itself—with devastating consequences…
Soul Sisters by Lesley Lokko is published by Pan MacMillan and available now. Be warned, it’s hard to put down once you pick it up!
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