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Rae Bernadette is a non-binary, Asian-American writer and comic artist whose work frequently explores mindfulness, journey to mental wellness, and work-life balance.

Meal Hour in the Garden is the upcoming poet's autobiographical bildungsroman of sorts. Spanning the critical ages of fourteen to twenty-four, Bernadette uses a collection of structured and unstructured poetry to pull the reader into a decade's long story of overcoming challenges while existing in the margins. In the backdrop of their first major move between cities as an adult, Bernadette explores the intersection of queer identity, romance, family history, and bipolar disorder with food, nature, and work. They experiment with a mix of melancholic poems such as The Banana that Ripens the Quickest (which depicts the writer burning out after a manic episode) with comedic interjections such as Crying Inside a Thrift Store (a cheeky comment on material comfort) to keep the reader engaged. Meal Hour in the Garden treats the reader to a ruminative and surprisingly relatable portrait of coming-of-age—one that will endear readers for many years to come.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161032985
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 04/22/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 311 KB
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