(Includes Reading Group Guide) The call of the big city is at the center of this strong autobiographical first novel, and the vibrant Chicago setting--from the jazz clubs and the glamorous lakefront to the black working-class suburbs--roots the story across generations. The focus is on the coming-of-age of an ambitious young black woman, Jan Campbell, in the late 1970s. She lands her dream job and...
Hardcover: 307 pages
Publisher: Strivers Row (2002)
Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
Amazon Rank: 11791116
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I didn't know where this book was going, but when I got to the part where Hannah comes in, u became mesmerized. Hannah is the dead grandmother of PJ. When she is introduced she talks about Earth people (the living) and the prayers and how they are re...
or love, but she's furious that her parents don't come to her college graduation, until she confronts the sadness of their failed marriage and aborted lives. Always watching over her from heaven is her dead grandmother, who acts as omniscient narrator, taking us inside the heads of Jan's family, friends, and lovers, revealing their longing and their secrets, and finally leading Jan to God. The religious message sometimes seems patched on; in fact, the liveliest scenes are with Jan's irreverent best friend, who tells her straight when she's headed for trouble. It's the trouble and the aching family discoveries that will speak to many readers.