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In a novel reminiscent of the work of Maya Angelou and Ntozake Shange, Rita Coburn Whack tells the story of how a young woman’s spiritual awakening leads her to maturity and self-fulfillment.

When Meant to Be opens, thirteen-year-old Patience Jan Campbell is called upon to read and interpret her favorite scripture for the church congregation: “I think this scripture means that children know every shut eye ain’t sleep and every head bowed ain’t praying, so grown-ups ain’t fooling us or God. . . . So nobody should hold a child back from God just ’cause they may be having trouble finding Him.”

But a traumatic experience causes Jan to stumble and lose her “voice.” Unable to turn to those around her, she calls for her grandmother Hannah—who died before Jan was born—in prayer. Unbeknownst to Jan, Hannah does come, and through her wise eyes we follow Jan into her early twenties as she moves to the big city, goes to college, and begins a career. A reflective father, a misunderstood mother, a sage aunt, and two pivotal lovers all build emotional bridges that help Jan progress on her journey to womanhood.

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Synopsis:

Growing up in a blue-collar suburb of Chicago, Patience Jan Campbell struggles to accept her family--including a reflective father, misunderstood mother, and wise aunt--as she searches for love, understanding, maturity, and self-fulfillment, in a spiritual coming-of-age novel. Reprint.

About the Author

Rita Coburn Whack is a writer, television and radio producer, and on-air radio contributor. She is a two-time Emmy winner. Currently a contributor for WBEZ-FM, Chicago’s public radio station, she is married, a mother of two, and a resident of south suburban Chicago. You can e-mail her at RitaCoburnWhack@aol.com.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345509925
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Whack, Rita Coburn
Author:
Rita Coburn Whack
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20081125
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » African American » Contemporary Women
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » African American » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Coming of Age
Religion » Christianity » Christian Fiction

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"Synopsis" by , Growing up in a blue-collar suburb of Chicago, Patience Jan Campbell struggles to accept her family--including a reflective father, misunderstood mother, and wise aunt--as she searches for love, understanding, maturity, and self-fulfillment, in a spiritual coming-of-age novel. Reprint.
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