Rosa Guy’s powerful first novel follows Wade Williams, a brilliant young black man who wakes up in a mental hospital and is told he has assaulted his sister. Throughout Guy’s engrossing story, Wade retraces his steps to identify the circumstances that brought him to commit this unthinkable act, and reveals the rich complexity of mid-twentieth century Harlem and its mothers, sons, and daughters, who aspirations prevail and perish within both white and black America. A compelling personal story and a razor-sharp cultural critique, Bird at My Window is the third title in Coffee House Press’s acclaimed Black Arts Movement Series.
The Black Arts Movement Series is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, The Medtronic Foundation, Laura Jane Musser Fund, and Star Tribune Foundation, in cooperation with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature.
“This book was welcomed when it was first published in 1966. Its brave examination of a loving, yet painful, relationship between a Black mother and her son is even more important today. Rosa Guy is a fine writer and she continually gives us new issues to contemplate. Welcome Bird at My Window.” —Maya Angelou