By Asali Solomon
An dependent, vivid, startling coming-of-age novel, for someone who is ever felt the disgrace of being alive
Kenya Curtis is just 8 years outdated, yet she understands that she's assorted, whether she cannot positioned her finger on how or why. it isn't simply because she's black—most of the opposite scholars within the fourth-grade type at her West Philadelphia straightforward institution are too. might be the reason for this is that she celebrates Kwanzaa, or simply because she's forbidden from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. probably this is because she calls her father—a housepainter-slash-philosopher—"Baba" rather than "Daddy," or simply because her mom and dad' pals assemble to pour out libations "from the writer, for the Martyrs" and speak about "the community."
Kenya does understand that it really is hooked up to what her Baba calls "the disgrace of being alive"—a disgrace that simply grows deeper and extra complicated over the process Asali Solomon's long-awaited debut novel. Disgruntled, without problems humorous and achingly poignant, follows Kenya from West Philadelphia to the suburbs, from public university to personal, from youth via formative years, as she grows more and more disgruntled by way of her lack of ability to discover anywhere or factor or individual that appears like home.
A coming-of-age story, a portrait of Philadelphia within the overdue eighties and early nineties, an exam of the most unlikely double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a unique concerning the wish to upward push above the constraints of the narratives we are given and the painful fight to craft clean ones we will name our own.
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