Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair
In this hilarious and insightful coming-of-age novel, author April Sinclair introduces the charming Jean "Stevie" Stevenson, a young woman raised on Chicago's South Side during an era of irrevocable social upheaval. Curious and witty, bold but naive, Stevie grows up debating the qualities of good hair and dark skin.
As the years pass, her family and neighborhood are changed by the times, from the War on Poverty to race riots and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., from "Black Is Beautiful" to Black Power. Against this remarkable backdrop, Stevie makes the sometimes harrowing, often comic, always enthralling transformation into a young adult-socially aware, discovering her sexuality, and proud of her identity.
'Whether she's dealing with a subject as monumental as the civil rights movement or as intimate as Stevie's first sexual encounters... Sinclair never fails to make you laugh and never sacrifices the narrative to make a point.' Los Angeles Times
Paperback / 260 pages