Alexandra Duncan has canceled her young adult novel Ember Days just days after the cover reveal. Mere moments after her reveal fellow author Bethany C. Morrow questioned the representation within the novel, noted in the book’s description: “Naomi is the granddaughter of a powerful Gullah conjure woman, sent to Charleston to combat an evil force circling the city and hiding in plain sight as Deidre’s protégé.”
The Gullah people as you may not know are and underrepresented people so questions were raised regarding the idea of a white woman writing about a people and culture she may not understand.
Due to this, Duncan made the decision herself to cancel the novel, leaving a statement on Twitter.
In response to this, Duncan’s publisher also released a statement:
We support Alexandra Duncan’s decision to withdraw her manuscript and to not go forward with the publication of her novel Ember Days. We look forward to working with her on new projects in the future.Greenwillow, an imprint of HarperCollins