Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: A Conversation with Jessica George

Penguin Bookshop Writers Series:
An Evening with Jessica George
celebrating the release of Maame



Monday, February 13, 2023, 3:00 PM via Zoom



We are pleased to welcome Jessica George to the Zoomaverse for a conversation celebrating the release of her novel, Maame. Jessica will discuss the book, her writing process, and answer questions from the audience. The event will last approximately an hour, and advance registration is required. 


Jessica George was born and raised in London to Ghanaian parents and studied English Literature at the University of Sheffield. After working at a literary agency and a theatre, she landed a job in the editorial department of Bloomsbury UK.


Maame is a word in Twi that has many meanings. In the case of the beautifully realized protagonist of Jessica George's debut novel MAAME (St. Martin's Press, January 2023) it means woman.

It’s fair to say that Maddie’s life in London is far from rewarding. With a mother who spends most of her time in Ghana, Maddie is the primary caretaker for her father, who suffers from advanced stage Parkinson’s. At work, Maddie is tired of always being the only Black person in every meeting.

When her mum returns from her latest trip to Ghana, Maddie leaps at the chance to get out of the family home and experience some important “firsts”: She finds a flat share, says yes to after-work drinks, pushes for more recognition in her career, and throws herself into the bewildering world of internet dating. But tragedy strikes, forcing Maddie to face the true nature of her unconventional family.

Smart, funny, and deeply affecting, MAAME deals with the themes of our time: from familial duty and racism, to female pleasure, the complexity of love, and the life-saving power of friendship. Most importantly, it explores what it feels like to be torn between two homes and cultures—and it celebrates finally being able to find where you belong.


"An utterly charming and deeply moving portrait of the joys––and the guilt––of trying to find your own way in life." ––Celeste Ng, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Meeting Maame feels like falling in love for the first time: warm, awkward, joyous, a little bit heartbreaking and, most of all, unforgettable." ––Xochitl Gonzalez, New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming

"Lively, funny, poignant." - Bonnie Garmus, New York Times bestselling author of Lessons in Chemistry

Maame: A Novel By Jessica George Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250282521
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 31st, 2023

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Event date: 
Monday, February 13, 2023 - 3:00pm