South Bound Lecture Series

Susan Cushman

September 1, 2021
6:00 PM


Author of John and Mary Margaret, a novel that explores white privilege and the ill-fated interracial romance of two lovers of literature.

About the Book

First introduced to readers in her short story collection Friends of the Library, John and Mary Margaret have their stories fleshed out in John and Mary Margaret.  Their story covers over 50 years of the couple's lives in Mississippi and Memphis, and is set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and continuing through current-day events.

The novel is ultimately an exploration of white privilege and romance as we watch Mary Margaret grow up in Jackson, Mississippi and participate in sorority life at Ole Miss in the late 1960's while John pursues his dream to study law at the predominantly white university.  What happens when what begins as a shared love of literature between the two blossoms into a romance?  How will the couple cope?

About Susan Cushman

Susan Cushman reads and writes in several genres, including novels, short stories, and memoirs.  John and Mary Margaret is her second novel and seventh book, and is set in her home state of Mississippi and current residence of Memphis, TN.  She's a frequent director and speaker at numerous writing conferences, workshops, and literary festivals, and her latest adventure involves leading a monthly creative writing workshop group with twenty residents of a senior living facility.