Introduction by E. Ethelbert Miller
An unforgettable portrait of an African American family from the author of
Amistad—now back in print!
Sonny Goodman may have hopped the ‘modern underground railroad called education’ and arrived in far-flung Minneapolis, but with the impending death of his father, North Philadelphia is calling him home. Quickly caught in the web that inner-city life has woven around his family’s dreams, Sonny must find a way to save the ones he loves. Named Best First Novel by the Black Caucus of the ALA, winner of the Minnesota Book Award, and compared to the work of James Baldwin, August Wilson, and James Agee, Alexs Pate’s debut novel “rings with a truth as immediate as body counts in the headlines, as enduring as a classic tragedy,” The San Francisco Chronicle says.
1995 Minnesota Book Award for Fiction Winner
1995 First Novel Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Winner
“Spellbinding . . . A watershed tribute to the much-maligned African American male.” —Dallas Morning News
“Astoundingly good.” —Multicultural Review