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Old House and Red Neckties: A Memoir of Race, Resilience, and Selfhood

Old House and Red Neckties: A Memoir of Race, Resilience, and Selfhood

In Old House and Red Neckties, Grace Virtue weaves a powerful narrative, juxtaposing ideas of home and belonging against stark intergenerational poverty and systemic inequities—legacies of slavery and colonialism in her homeland, Jamaica. Migration to the United States, a coveted option for many, presents transformative opportunities, intertwined with displacement, disjuncture, and oppression—symbolized by a red necktie.


Armed with the finest values of her village, Old House, Grace takes the reader on a journey through deeply complex spaces as she engages the world in unexpected ways.

Thought-provoking and inspirational, Old House and Red Neckties is about authenticity, resilience, and the unyielding spirit of one individual determined to live in dignity and freedom. It is also a clarion call to rethink our perceptions of poverty and oppression and work toward a more just world.

Pages: 258
Pub Date: 07-25-2024
Softcover: 18.95 979-8-88824-385-5
Hardcover: 25.95 979-8-88824-387-9


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Grace Virtue is a keen scholar of the humanities and social justice advocate from Silver Spring, Maryland, and Manchester, Jamaica. She earned her doctorate and master’s degree from Howard University and her bachelor’s in journalism and social science from the University of the West Indies, Mona. Across disciplines and professional endeavors, the thread that binds her work and aspirations is the quest for dignity and justice for marginalized peoples.

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