Daddy Was a Number Runner

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 2002 - Fiction - 234 pages
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Recently chosen by Essence magazine, this beloved modern classic tells the poignant story of a spirited young woman's coming of age in -Depression-era Harlem. While 12-year-old Francie Coffin's world and family threaten to fall apart, this remarkable young heroine must call upon her own wit and endurance to survive amidst the treacheries of racism and sexism, poverty and violence. "The novel's greatest achievement lies in the strong sense of black life that it conveys: the vitality and force behind the despair . . . a most -important novel."--New York Times Book Review


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User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

I've been craving some interesting fiction lately. This was quick, poignant, and interesting. Not for the faint of heart but worth the read. Read full review

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User Review  - Cathy - Goodreads

A Tree Grows in ... Harlem?? The protagonist is even named Francie. She goes through so much crap, without really realizing it, which makes her innocent observations so heart-breaking. Harlem in the ... Read full review

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Louise Meriwether is a novelist, essayist, journalist, and social activist with family ties to South Carolina. Her first book, Daddy Was a Number Runner, a fictional account of the economic devastation of Harlem during the Great Depression, was the first novel to emerge from the Watts Writers' Workshop. Meriwether followed with the publication of three historical biographies for children on Civil War hero Robert Smalls, pioneer heart surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, and civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Her most recent novel is Shadow Dancing. A member of the Harlem Writers Guild, Meriwether has taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Houston.

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