A few people wanted to hear the first fiction excerpt, I posted and evidently weren't able to. Here it is.
The thing to know is this: Caroline and Otha are Virginians. They are also enslaved on the Walker plantation, Little Nation. Caroline is new, having just been purchased. Otha grew up on Little Nation. In the following reading they are meeting for the first time.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.
Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.