Miss Black America: A Novel
A dazzling fiction debut from the author of Mama’s Girl, Miss Black America is the warm and tender story of Angela, a young girl growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. Angela goes to school one ordinary day and returns home to find her glamorous and fiercely independent mother gone. Her magician father, Teddo, left to raise Angela alone, insists on keeping Melanie’s disappearance shrouded in mystery. As Angela grows to womanhood and struggles to understand her mother’s motivation for escaping the bonds of her family, she wryly observes, “My father was a magician, but my mother was the real Houdini.”
A universal story that is both finely tuned and elegant, Miss Black America captures the intricacies, pleasures, contradictions, and complexities at the heart of every family. Spare and finely told, this novel will seep beneath your skin and stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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WHEN DID YOU STOP LOVING ME?User Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A lugubrious coming-of-ager by critic and journalist Chambers (Having It All, 2003, etc.) about a young black girl's lonely life with her father.It's 1979 and black women seem to be breaking out of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - lean55 - LibraryThing
This is a touching story that follows the life of a young girl who's mother leaves her for fame. The author writes so well that you will want to read all of the books she has written. Read full review