A poignant, powerful debut that combines the deep emotion of "The
House on Mango Street" with uniquely creative storytelling.
Unfolding in a series of tiny vignettes, "A Little Piece of Sky"
introduces an endearing new novelist and a truly unforgettable main
character. In the first few chapters we meet a little girl named
Song Byrd, who keenly reports on the world around her. She is
African American (in a mostly Hispanic neighborhood), unwanted
(conceived during an adulterous affair), and poor in the material
sense but extraordinarily rich in spirit. In piercingly insightful
prose, Nicole Bailey-Williams takes readers on Song's journey
through life as she struggles against outsider status and intense
guilt over her mother's murder. Behind it all, places of pure joy,
"dreaming the hurt away," and glorious little pieces of sky shine
through. Song's tales -- and Bailey-Williams's narrative gift --
are truly words to treasure.
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