What does it mean to birth a biracial child in America? A Black Japanese woman recovering from the emotional scars of a miscarriage ponders questions of motherhood when a boy in her community becomes a victim of police brutality.

Blue Hour, a 2023 Barack Obama Summer Reading selection and a novel lauded by Vulture, Ms., Electric Literature and other literary and cultural media, is a fierce and incandescent first novel by Tiffany Clarke Harrison.

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