HOMEBODIES follows a Black lesbian writer whose career and relationship are in jeopardy after she rekindles an old flame and her manifesto about being a Black woman in media goes viral.
by Tembe Denton-Hurst
Harper, July 2023
(via Sterling Lord Literistic)
Mickey Heyward made it: she’s a Black woman succeeding in the white world of media. She’s in a relationship with another Black woman that’s comfortable, if not exactly fireworks. But when her media company merges, Mickey is targeted for microaggressions and unceremoniously fired.
Shaken and questioning her life without her fancy job title, Mickey returns home to Maryland. It’s the first time she’s been home in six years, and all of the mess she left behind is waiting for her, including her father’s new family and her old flame Tiana—a basketball star whose dreams were dashed after a life-changing injury.
And then there’s Mickey, who’s suddenly no better than anyone else and forced to face the person she could’ve been. When she posts a letter to the Black woman her company hired to replace her that goes viral, and remembers what real fireworks feel like after a night with Tiana, her Instagram-perfect life is upended. But maybe Mickey was looking to make some changes.
Tembe Denton-Hurst is a staff writer at New York Magazine’s The Strategist, covering beauty, lifestyle, and books; she previously wrote about beauty, gender, and culture for NYLON, them., and Elle. When she’s not writing, Tembe can be found on her couch in Queens where she lives with her partner and their two cats, Stella and Dakota.