A Uniquely American Memoir of Race, Fate, and Sisterhood
Book - 2021
Dawn Turner, her sister Kim and her best friend Debra were once children together in the same apartment building in 1970s Bronzeville but had wildly diver...Show more
Dawn Turner, her sister Kim and her best friend Debra were once children together in the same apartment building in 1970s Bronzeville but had wildly divergent fates in life. Turner, a novelist, journalist and commentator (well-known in Chicago for her work at the Tribune), plumbs the depths of her memories for clues that can explain why one would die young, another would go to prison on a charge of murder while another would thrive and find professional success. Turner evokes the details of the time and place, the dreams and ambitions of the generations that followed the Great Migration, who populated new homes, attended the schools and joined the workforce. There have been several stories about growing up in public housing in Chicago, but Turner's family was working class, a South Side perspective too rare in Chicago literature. Turner's story begins with the girls giggling together, dreaming, and hunting for treasure, and it follows Turner as she navigates school and career, dealing with life's surprises and challenges while gradually drifting from her friend and sister, only to learn later what different paths they were secretly on. Yes, there is sorrow in the story, but there is redemption, too, and reasons for celebration. Likely to appeal to fans of writers like Sarah Broom, Alex Kotlowitz and Jeff Hobbs, this story of three girls from Chicago's South Side is a moving meditation on the influences of fate and society that brims with love and hope.