A stunning, contemporary Black southern gothic novel about what it means to be a poor woman in the God fearing south in the age of OnlyFans, by a breakout new Affrilachian writer, perfect for readers ofThe Other Black GirlandLuster
"A new, dazzling, and essential American voice." —George Saunders, author ofLincoln in the Bardo
“Every page, every scene, every sentence of Monica Brashears’s debut novelHouse of Cottondazzles and surprises. An intense, enthralling, and deeply satisfying read!” —Deesha Philyaw, author ofThe Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Magnolia Brown is nineteen years old, broke, and effectively an orphan. She feels stuck and haunted: by her overdrawn bank account, her predatory landlord, and the ghost of her late grandmother Mama Brown.
One night, while working at her dead-end gas station job, a mysterious, slick stranger named Cotton walks in and offers to turn Magnolia’s luck around with a lucrative “modeling” job at his family’s funeral home. She accepts. But despite things looking up, Magnolia’s problems fatten along with her wallet. When Cotton’s requests become increasingly weird, Magnolia discovers there’s a lot more at stake than just her rent.
Sharp as a belted knife, this sly social commentary cuts straight to the bone, revealing the aftermath of the American plantation and what it means to be poor, Black, and a woman in the God fearing south. Impossible to put down, Brashears’s House of Cotton will keep you mesmerized until the very last page.