The Coldest Winter Ever

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 16, 2004 - Fiction - 355 pages
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In The Coldest Winter Ever, internationally known author, activist, and hip-hop artist Sister Souljah brought the streets of New York to life in a powerful and unforgettable first novel. Beautifully written, raw, and authentic, this novel firmly established Sister Souljah as the mother of all contemporary urban literature and the author of the first classic of the genre.
I came busting into the world during one of New York's worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter.
Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, this teenage female hustler knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold wind blows her life in a direction she never expected, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime.
In this special gift edition, Sister Souljah shares her secret thoughts on creating the story that rocked ghettos worldwide and introduced all readers to the real ghetto experience. For the first time ever, readers will discover the answers to the continuous questions asked by her fans. Souljah discusses the symbolism behind characters like Midnight and Santiaga, as well as the many meanings of the story. Readers will also learn about Souljah's unique writing process and exactly what inspired her to pen the definitive novel of the hip-hop generation. In her own voice, Souljah will share why this novel is truly a story of our time.
 

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Lost, confused, full of fear and self-doubt, feeling different, terminally hip, and fatally cool are the hallmarks of this book. this novel got to root of the insurmountable attitude that blocks kids ... Read full review

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The first time I read this book was in the early 2000s. In 2017 this book is still the best urban fiction ever written!!! Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
17
Section 4
30
Section 5
47
Section 6
62
Section 7
72
Section 8
97
Section 12
162
Section 13
182
Section 14
194
Section 15
208
Section 16
223
Section 17
240
Section 18
252
Section 19
267

Section 9
108
Section 10
122
Section 11
140
Section 20
278
Section 21
349
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Sister Souljah, born and raised in New York, is a graduate of Rutgers University. A hip-hop star, she is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth. Currently, Souljah is the Executive Director of Daddy's House Social Programs, Sean Puffy Combs' not-for-profit company for children. A frequent guest on television's most popular talk and news shows, Sister Souljah is a loved personality in her own community and was a featured speaker for the Million Woman March. She lives with her husband and son in New York City.

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