Soul Kiss

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Riverhead Books, 1998 - Fiction - 210 pages
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This "tender coming-of-age story" (Essence) follows Mariah Santos as she moves from an idyllic childhood of hot-plate food and blues on the radio in the company of her mother, to a stormy adolescence with her fierce, forbidding spinster aunts, to a slow, painful journey of self-discovery as she seeks out the father she never knew. A richly textured tale of sorrow, sensuality, and triumph, Soul Kiss marks the debut of an outstanding new literary voice.

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Playwright and short-story writer Youngblood's first novel, a moody, lyrical coming-of-age drama, wades through words usually left unspoken, naming the poetry of abandonment and poking at the taboo of ... Read full review


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Shay Youngblood is the author of novels, plays, essays and poetry. Her work has appeared in Oprah, Essence, Black Book and Good Housekeeping Magazines. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Pushcart Prize for fiction, a Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, several NAACP Theater Awards, an Astraea Writers' Award for fiction and a New York Foundation for the Arts, Sustained Achievement Award. Her short stories have been performed at Symphony Space and recorded for NPR's Selected Shorts. Ms. Youngblood received her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. She has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the eastern Caribbean, as an au pair, artist's model, and poet's helper in Paris, and as a creative writing instructor in a Rhode Island women's prison. She was a Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellow (2011) and Dallas Museum of Art, Writer in Residence (2013).

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