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Publisher Description

From the author of the Oprah's Book Club Selection An American Marriage, here is a beautifully evocative novel that proves why Tayari Jones is "one of the most important voices of her generation" (Essence).
It was the end of summer, a summer during the two-year nightmare in which Atlanta's African-American children were vanishing and twenty-nine would be found murdered by 1982. Here fifth-grade classmates Tasha Baxter, Rodney Green, and Octavia Harrison will discover back-to-school means facing everyday challenges in a new world of safety lessons, terrified parents, and constant fear.

The moving story of their struggle to grow up-and survive- shimmers with the piercing, ineffable quality of childhood, as it captures all the hurts and little wins, the all-too-sudden changes, and the merciless, outside forces that can sweep the young into adulthood and forever shape their lives.

PRAISE FOR TAYARI JONES
"Tayari Jones is blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear." -- Michael Chabon

"Tayari Jones has emerged as one of the most important voices of her generation." -- Essence

"One of America's finest writers." -- Nylon.com

"Tayari Jones is a wonderful storyteller." -- Ploughsharesspan

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2009
May 30
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grand Central Publishing
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
2.2
MB

Customer Reviews

ellephantforreal ,

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child

Amazing book. The author brilliantly tells the story of horrible real life events through the eyes of children. It’s an amazing story that contrasts what we always hear about the innocence of childhood with the brutal realities of the world. The author’s use of different narrative voices is seamless and really makes you feel like you know these children, which makes you feel for them even more. A must-read especially for anyone who works with children.

TheMsBlackinese ,

Novel that single handedly changed my life

Give this novel to young family members, change a life.

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