Anna Dunwell

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Anna Dunwell is working on a ten book memoir about six generations of her family.
She relocated to Durham, North Carolina from Newton Massachusetts
to write full time close to family. Read More


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Paradise Lies:
A Modern Slave Narrative
by Anna Dunwell

Book One begins with a quote from James Baldwin's writings. "The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him." Paradise Lies is the story of the narrator's childhood with lung disease, as she navigates the complicated relationship of her parent's different African American and West Indian roots; the black neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant, and the white world of Brooklyn Heights where she attended a Quaker private school as an integration experiment. The book ends with her gaining a sense of identity, and a sense that she wants to be free of her family after graduation from high school.

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