Details

ISBN-10: 132409141X
ISBN-13: 9781324091417
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 07/12/2022
Dimensions: 9.26" L, 6.26" W, 1.11" H

Big Girl

Hardcover

Price: $27.00

Overview

In her highly anticipated debut novel, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan explores the perils–and undeniable beauty–of insatiable longing.

Growing up in a rapidly changing Harlem, eight-year-old Malaya hates when her mother drags her to Weight Watchers meetings; she’d rather paint alone in her bedroom or enjoy forbidden street foods with her father. For Malaya, the pressures of her predominantly white Upper East Side prep school are relentless, as are the expectations passed down from her painfully proper mother and sharp-tongued grandmother. As she comes of age in the 1990s, she finds solace in the music of Biggie Smalls and Aaliyah, but her weight continues to climb–until a family tragedy forces her to face the source of her hunger, ultimately shattering her inherited stigmas surrounding women’s bodies, and embracing her own desire. Written with vibrant lyricism shot through with tenderness, Big Girl announces Sullivan as an urgent and vital voice in contemporary fiction.

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Sullivan (the collection Blue Talk and Love) charms in her stunning debut novel about a Black girl's coming-of-age.... All of Sullivan's characters–even the cruel ones–brim with humanity, and the author shines when conveying the details of Malaya's comforts, such as Biggie Smalls lyrics, the portraits she paints in her room, the colors she braids into her hair, and the sweet-smelling dulce de coco candies she eats with a classmate with whom she shares a close and sexually charged friendship. This is a treasure.–Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Details

ISBN-10: 132409141X
ISBN-13: 9781324091417
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 07/12/2022
Dimensions: 9.26" L, 6.26" W, 1.11" H
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