Daddy was a Number Runner

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 2002 - Fiction - 234 pages
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This bittersweet and sharply observed masterpiece recounts a year in the life of twelve-year-old Francie Coffin. It is the summer of 1934, and nowhere are the effects of the Great Depression more apparent than in Harlem. But Harlem is also home to community's anger, humor, and vitality, the paradoxical cradle of young Francie's innocence and dreams-just like the daily numbers game played for a the small glint of ho0pe that it bolding promises but will never fulfill. (Take from back jacket.).

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Quite simply, this book is poorly written. The metaphors are heavy-handed, the plot is predictable/boring, and the characters are barely believable. Unfortunate. There are some interesting themes in the novel, but they are developed with limited depth, let alone subtlety.

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