Synopses & Reviews
Edited and with a Preface by Toni Morrison, this posthumous collection of short stories, essays, and interviews offers lasting evidence of Bambara's passion, lyricism, and tough critical intelligence. Included are tales of mothers and daughters, rebels and seeresses, community activists and aging gangbangers, as well as essays on film and literature, politics and race, and on the difficulties and necessities of forging an identity as an artist, activist, and black woman. It is a treasure trove not only for those familiar with Bambara's work, but for a new generation of readers who will recognize her contribution to contemporary American letters.
Here are stories of mothers and daughters, rebels and seeresses, community activists and aging gang-bangers. Here are reflections on film and literature, politics and race, and on the difficulties and necessity of forging an identity as an artist, activist, and black woman.
About the Author
On December 9, 1995, Toni Cade Bambara died of cancer at the age of 56. In its obituary of her, The New York Times called Bambara, "a major contributor to the emerging genre of black women's literature."
Table of Contents
Going critical -- Madame Bai and the taking of Stone Mountain -- Baby's breath -- The war of the wall -- Ice -- Luther on sweet Auburn -- Reading the signs, empowering the eye -- Language and the writer -- Deep sight and rescue missions -- School daze -- How she came by her name -- The education of a storyteller.