By Margaret E. Ikeda

Margaret E. Ikeda is an illustrator in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, she also recommends Hester by Margaret Oliphant, The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, the Enola Holmes mysteries by Nancy Springer, and Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor.

  1. Setting: A conference room in a Brooklyn hospital. There is a circle of chairs, but only two have women sitting in them, making introductions. One woman is 31, fat, with an Alternative Lifestyle Haircut, and biracial: Margaret E.I. The other woman is 18, thin, white with bobbed brown hair, and wears a remarkably preserved vintage dress. Also...she seems to be  flickering in and

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