1:20 – 2:10 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
About the author
Monica Chenault-Kilgore was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently lives in Edison, New Jersey. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Journalism. Her published works include Liberty and Justice for All…Profiles of Middlesex County African American Veterans of WWII and the Korean War. She formerly worked as a contributing reporter for the Home News Tribune and the Courier News newspapers. Long Gone, Come Home is her debut novel.
MFOB featured book: Long Gone, Come Home
Spanning from the peak of the 1930s jazz era to the Depression and civil rights movement, Long Gone, Come Home weaves a poetic tale of love, life, and loss. Birdie Jennings dreams of a life beyond her small Kentucky town. Smooth-talking Jimmy sweeps her off her feet with big promises for an exciting life. Then he disappears, leaving her to move in with her overbearing mother. Just as she’s settling in, Birdie is forced to flee Mt. Sterling altogether with nothing but a suitcase. Plunged into the bustling jazz scenes of the hottest nightclubs and juke joints, finding her place among criminals and saints is tough—but she’s tougher.