a new novel from the award-winning author of  Upstate  &  Conception
From the writer whose debut novel Upstate was celebrated as “wild and beautiful” (Sapphire), “heartbreaking and true” (Dorothy Allison), and “a poetry uniquely its own” (Elle), and awarded by Terry McMillan as “capturing real emotion,” comes a powerful new story of unseen black youth: Solemn Redvine, a girl whose life winds in unexpected directions as she lives with simple people but complicated circumstances in a Mississippi mobile home community.
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Solemn’s story completes a trilogy on black American youth for Kalisha Buckhanon, whom Essence magazine recognized early as one of “Three Writers to Watch.” Kalisha has appeared as an on-air commentator for TVOne and ID Channel, received writing awards from the American Library Association and Friends of American Writers, and been recommended as “a gifted intellectual” by Michelle Obama. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of Chicago, alumna of New York City’s New School Creative Writing M.F.A program and fiction faculty member of The Eckleburg Workshops. She writes at her blog Negression and is working on her next novel Speaking of Summer.