Joanmarie Bañez

Joanmarie Bañez is a doctoral student in literature at the University of California, San Diego, from Atlanta, Georgia, where she completed her BA and MA in English literary studies at Georgia State University. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century multiethnic literature of the United States, Asian American diaspora in the U.S. South, transracial adoption narratives, and fictive kinship. She is the Decolonizing Initiatives Chair for the Society of the Study of Southern Literature’s Emerging Scholars Organization, and her work can be found in the South Atlantic Review.

Joanmarie Bañez


on Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong

God tastes like a walnut. Jesus tastes like fried chicken. Dolly Parton tastes like Sweet’N Low, and matricide—for any correlation or the lack thereof—tastes like peach cobbler. Monique Truong’s second novel, Bitter in the Mouth (2011), is a coming-of-age story that is more memory palace than an ethnography that seeks to portray itself as a […]

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