Weaving Chinese myth and fable into a literary tapestry containing her own life alongside stories of her family, Kingston delivers a book as controversial as it is mesmerizing. Prepare to be lost and haunted in the dream world conjured by Kingston as she strives to understand how to live as Chinese, American, and woman simultaneously.
Drawing upon his own adolescence in 1930's Harlem, Baldwin leads readers into the life of Gabriel, the novel's clever and sensitive main character, on his 14th birthday. Suffocating beneath the reign of a despotic father, the demands of being the eldest, and a church community eager to criticize any wayward member, Gabriel dreams of a life lived on terms of his own. Prepare to be swept away by poetic language inspired by Dickens and Baldwin's trademark attentiveness to the human condition.