Moonrise Over New Jessup: Jamila Minnicks at Thank You Books

Winner of the 2021 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Moonrise Over New Jessup is a thought-provoking and enchanting debut about a Black woman doing whatever it takes to protect all she loves at the beginning of the civil rights movement in Alabama.

Jamila Minnicks’s remarkable novel is both a celebration of Black joy and a timely examination of the opposing viewpoints that attended desegregation in America. Readers of Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half and Robert Jones, Jr.’s The Prophets will love Moonrise Over New Jessup.

Join Jamila Minnicks at Thank You Books to discover a vital new voice.

With compelling characters and a heart-pounding plot, Jamila Minnicks pulled me into pages of history I’d never turned before.”  
—Barbara Kingsolver 

Read this book. Cherish it. Protect it. You must. Right out of the gate, Jamila Minnicks’s Moonrise Over New Jessup is a masterpiece.” 
—Robert Jones, Jr.



Jamila Minnicks’ work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Catapult, Blackbird, CRAFT, The Write Launch, and elsewhere. Her piece, Politics of Distraction, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Howard University School of Law, and the Georgetown University Law Center.  She lives in Washington, DC.