This book is a biomythography, blending history, biography, and myth, of a young, black, lesbian woman growing up in 1950s Harlem. The narrative explores her early life, including her relationship with her immigrant parents, her sexual awakening, and her struggle to define her identity in a time of intense racial and homophobic prejudice. The protagonist's journey is marked by a series of women who shape her consciousness and her understanding of herself, leading her towards activism and writing.
The 1807th greatest book of all time
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This book is on the following lists:
- 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)
- The ZORA Canon: The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women (Zora)