Parnassus Books is thrilled to offer our customers the opportunity to pre-order copies of We Could Fly by Grammy Award winner Rhiannon Giddens, illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu. We Could Fly will be published on October 10, 2023. Read on for important ordering information, as well as more details about the book!
All pre-orders will come with a bookplate signed by Rhiannon Giddens (while supplies last).
About We Could Fly
At a sparrow's urging, a young girl feels a mysterious trembling in her arms, a lightness in her feet, a longing to be free. Her mother tells her that her Granny Liza experienced the same, as did many of their people before her. Perhaps it's time, Mama says, to slip the bonds of earth and join the journey started long ago? To hold each other tight and rise? Drawing on song lyrics, which in turn draw on a heritage of African folklore, this incantatory dialogue between a mother and daughter paired with startlingly beautiful illustrations celebrates love, resilience, and the spiritual power of the "old-time ways"--tradition and shared cultural memory--to sustain and uplift.
Rhiannon Giddens cofounded the Grammy Award–winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, the Black Female supergroup Our Native Daughters, and has been nominated for five additional Grammys as a soloist and collaborator. A musician, singer, songwriter, actor, librettist, and MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient, her many roles and honors include serving as Artistic Director of Silkroad and performing for the Obamas at the White House. The author of Build a House, illustrated by Monica Mikai, Rhiannon Giddens lives in Ireland.
About Briana Mukodiri Uchendu
Briana Mukodiri Uchendu is an illustrator, visual development artist, and first-generation Nigerian-American. Her new and forthcoming books include The Talk by Newbery Honor winner Alicia D. Williams, Soul Step by New York Times best-selling author Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams, and Night Market by Seina Wedlick. Briana Mukodiri Uchendu lives in Houston, Texas.