NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Many have embarked on passionate plans to pass the time during the quarantines of the recent pandemic. A teenage girl from New Orleans wrote and published her first novel.
Taj Nash, a 15-year-old student at Ben Franklin High School, originally planned to write a 3-page short story about a utopian society with unorthodox rules, but once she began to develop the main character of the story, the plot thickened.
The story is from the perspective of Margaret Moses, an elderly character with a psychotic disorder in a mental institution, challenges readers to revel in the power of the imagination and how it can distort reality. . Nash delicately reveals more and more basic information about Margaret that takes the reader on a journey of empathy and introspection.
Nash’s debut for “The Tales of Margaret Moses” will be at Baldwin & Co., a cafe and bookstore on Elysian Fields Ave., Saturday, June 12 at noon. She will be there to sign copies of her novel and have conversations with readers.
Nash said the ideas for her work came from discussions she was having about COVID-19 and its role in the country’s mental health state. She also said she hopes the book will spark a healthy discussion about how to navigate life while experiencing changes.
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