Ladee Hubbard

Writer, United States

Ladee Hubbard is a writer from New Orleans who received a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her novel The Talented Ribkins received the Ernest J. Gaines Award and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. She has received a Rona Jaffe Writers' Foundation Award as well as fellowships from McDowell Colony, Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, Sewanee Writers Conference and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. Her writing has appeared in Transition, Callaloo, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica and the Times Literary Supplement among other publications. Currently the Writer-in-Residence at Tulane University's Center for the Study of the Gulf South, her second novel, The Rib King, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in January 2021.

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The Descendants

The Descendants explores the relationship between cultural, political, and legal representation in the United States as experienced by three African American women living in the fictitious community of Libertyville. Libertyville is separated from a larger wealthier community by a wall and the novel draws parallels between the external borders of the nation-state and internal borders through which the marginalization of certain populations in the U.S. has been enacted—through such practices as Jim Crow Laws, redlining, and the streamlining of certain communities into the prison system.