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Multicultural African-American | Women's Fiction
In this poignant tale of self-discovery, a young man
struggles to survive the New York City housing projects in
the face of familial, communal, and personal
Born to a thirteen-year-old in the
bathroom of his family's small apartment, Abraham Sing leton
enters a world laden with the obstacles inherent in an
impoverished community. In spite of the crack epidemic and
the HIV crisis that ravage their neighborhood, the Singleton
family -- cousins, an uncle, an aunt, Abraham, and his
mother -- is held together by Abraham's heroic grandmother,
whose deep faith and stoic nature have always given them a
sense of wholeness and hope. But when the family goes
through several harrowing losses, not even his grandmother
may be strong enough to lead them through.
At the center
of this story is Abraham, the youngest of the Singletons.
Deeply intuitive and cerebral, he is determined to thrive in
a place that has destroyed the dreams of those around him.
College means opportunity, yet it also means leaving behind
those he loves. Abraham's journey into adulthood will break
his heart but ultimately offer the possibility of
In this haunting, lyrical, and evocative
novel, Matthew Goodman composes a paean to the power of
family and belonging in the African-American community.
Hold Love Strong is a spellbinding coming-of-age tale
about love, hope, and the will to survive, and a stunning
universal story about the incredible capacity of the human
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