St. Martin's Griffin
On Sale: January 20, 2009
Featuring: Shivanna Golding
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Literature and Fiction Literary | Multicultural African-American
In the same vein as her critically acclaimed debut
novel, Upstate, Kalisha Buckhanon again shares an
emotionally beautiful story about today’s youth that
magnifies the unforgettable power of hope and the human
Buckhanon takes us to Chicago, 1992, and into
the life of fifteen-year-old Shivana Golding, who believes
most Black women wind up the same: single and raising
children alone, like her mother. Until the sudden visit of
her charismatic and free-spirited Aunt Jewel, Shivana spends
her days desperately struggling to understand life and
confront the challenges she faces growing up in a tough
environment. When she accidentally becomes pregnant by an
older man and must decide what to do, she begins a journey
toward adulthood with only a mysterious voice inside to
guide her. Then, when she falls in love with Rasul, a
teenager with problems of his own, together they fight to
rise above their circumstances and move toward a more
Through a narrative that sweeps from
slavery onward, Buckhanon unveils Shivana’s connection to a
past filled with tragedy, courage, and wisdom.
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