A Room of One's Own is proud to welcome Wisconsin author Jennifer Morales for a reading and signing from her book Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories.
When Johnquell, an African American teen, suffers a serious accident in the home of his white neighbor, Mrs. Czernicki, his community must find ways to bridge divisions between black and white, gay and straight, old and young. Set in one of the nation's most highly segregated cities-Milwaukee, Wisconsin-Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city's struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.With a critical eye on promises unfulfilled, Meet Me Halfway raises questions about the notion of a "postracial" society and, with humor and compassion, lifts up the day-to-day work needed to get there.
Jennifer Morales lived for more than twenty years in Milwaukee, where she raised children and served on the Milwaukee Board of School Directors-the first Latino/a elected to it. She earned her MFA from Antioch University-Los Angeles. She now lives in Viroqua, Wisconsin, and is a board member ofthe Council for Wisconsin Writers and the Driftless Writing Center.