E. R. Frankâs seminal first novel weaves together the stories of eleven teenagers in one city over seven years in this groundbreaking and âimpressive debutâ (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
Why does Gingerbread always have a smile on his face? âBecause life is funny,â he tells Keisha. But for herâand almost everyone else in her Brooklyn neighborhoodâthere doesnât seem to be much to laugh about.
China, Ebony, and Grace are best friends, but Graceâs mother isnât crazy about her being friends with two girls who arenât white, and each cut Ebony makes on her wrist seems to drive them even further apart.
Just across the schoolyard thereâs Eric who has to raise his younger brother Mickey, even though no one expects him to amount to anything. Meanwhile, Soniaâs Muslim parents expect everything of her, and it may be more than she is able to give after she suffers a shattering loss.
When Drew brings his fatherâs Jaguar into Samâs familyâs auto body shop across town they seem to be from opposite sides of the tracks, but Drewâs the one hiding a dark family secret. And heâs not the only one.
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