One of the novel’s protagonists — a young black woman in 1930s Philadelphia — becomes an emissary of the power of music as an instrument of self-discovery and self-possession, a living testament to song as the pulse-beat of the soul 

— Maria Popova Self-possession: “the state or feeling of being calm, confident, and in control of one’s feelings; composure.” — Dictionary “What is self-possession in philosophy? Self-possession is just that: not being possessed by someone else. It is achieved not through controlling ourselves, but through recognising how we unwittingly cede power to others, and then ceasing

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