Ayana Mathis’s first novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was published by Knopf in 2012 and HarperCollins Canada in 2013. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
At the end of James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain, after a dusk-to-dawn prostration before God at the altar of his church, John, the fourteen-year-old protagonist, gives his soul to Christ. On the penultimate page of the . . .