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Into the Go-Slowby Bridgett M. Davis
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It's 1986 and twenty-one-year-old Angie continues to mourn the death of her brilliant and radical sister Ella. On impulse, she travels from Detroit to the place where Ella tragically died four years before—Nigeria. She retraces her sister's steps, all the while navigating the chaotic landscape of a major African country on the brink of democracy careening toward a coup d'état.
At the center of this quest is a love affair that upends everything Angie thought she knew about herself. Against a backdrop of Nigeria's infamous go-slow—traffic as wild and surprising as a Fela lyric—Angie begins to unravel the mysteries of the past, and opens herself up to love and life after Ella.
Bridgett M. Davis's debut novel Shifting Through Neutral (Amistad, 2004) was a Borders Books Original Voices” selection and a finalist for the 2005 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright LEGACY Award. Davis was selected as the New Author of the Year by Go On Girl! Book Club—the largest national reading group for African American women. She currently writes for O, The Oprah Magazine and other publications.
Into the Go Slow is a novel about a family in Detroit in the aftermath of the Black Power Movement. Angie, the youngest daughter, travels from 1980s Detroit to Lagos, Nigeria after her estranged older sister Ella mysteriously dies there. It is on this transatlantic journey that Angie discovers not only who her sister really was, but ultimately, herself.
A novel about sisters, the legacy of the Black Power Movement, and the troubled bond between African Americans and Africans.
About the Author
Bridgett Davis: Bridgett Daviss debut novel Shifting Through Neutral was published in 2004 by Amistad/ HarperCollins. The novel was a Borders Books Original Voices” Selection and a finalist for the 2005 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright LEGACY Award. Davis was selected as the New Author of the Year by Go on Girl! Book Club—the largest national reading group for African American women. Booklist called the novel, "A riveting family drama filled with sharply drawn individuals who love and fail each other with stunning intensity" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout described the novel as, "A wonderful and unique story of a father and his daughter .There is a strange, compelling sweetness to the sorrow in this book, a poignancy that cuts incisively through the tender tissue of family love."
Daviss essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Newsday, Columbia Journalism Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Detroit Free Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Atlanta Journal , the Chicago Tribune, TheRoot.com and a host of other publications.
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