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Coffee Will Make You Black (1994) [Novel]
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Set on Chicago's Southside in the mid-to-late 60s, Coffee Will Make You Black is the moving and entertaining tale of Jean "Stevie" Stevenson, a young black woman growing up through the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. The novel opens at a time when, for black families, seeing a black person on television was an event; when expressions like "I don't want nothing black but a Cadillac" and "Coffee will make you black" were handed down from one generation to the next without comment. Stevie is a bookworm, yet she longs to fit in with the cool crowd. Fighting her mother every step of the way, she begins to experiment with talkin' trash, "kicking butt," and boys. With the assassination of Dr. King she gains a new political awareness, which makes her decide to wear her hair in a 'fro instead of straightened, to refuse to use skin bleach, and to confront the prejudice she observes in blacks as well as whites. April Sinclair writes frankly about a young black woman's sexuality, and about the confusion Stevie faces when she realizes she's more attracted to the school nurse - who is white - than her teenage boyfriend. As readers follow Stevie's at times harrowing, at times hilarious story, they will learn what it was like to be black before black was beautiful.

Original title: Coffee Will Make You Black
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultSchool
FictionChildren & Young AdultSocial IssuesSexuality
FictionChildren & Young AdultMulticultural

Edition #1: Coffee Will Make You Black

Coffee Will Make You Black (1994)
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Language: English

  • "A pleasure...heartwarming...memorable...told with earnestness and humor...a coming-of-age story with a twist." Anne Whitehouse, Chicago Tribune
  • "Earthy...adventurous...a funny, fresh novel about growing up African-American in 1960's Chicago...Sinclair writes like Terry McMillan's kid sister." Suzanne Ruta, Entertainment Weekly
  • "Bold...moving...witty...wonderful...Sinclair never fails to make you laugh and never sacrifices the narrative to make a point." Veronica Chambers, Los Angeles Times
  • "Extraordinary...feisty, funny and wise." Sara Nelson, Glamour
  • "Poignant...well-crafted...vivid and brilliant...told by a voice so rich in character, it stands out among the ruck of 'growing up' tales." Paschal Fowlkes, San Francisco Review of Books
  • "April Sinclair is an extraordinary storyteller. I loved this book!" Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina
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