The renowned hip/hop rebel captures the allure and danger of Brooklyn's streets in this, her first novel. The daughter of a Brooklyn drug lord, Winter's got the stuff to strutQand she knows it. When her father's empire is involved in a drug war, Winter uses her aggressive attitude, sexual power, and family philosophy to stay ahead of the game.
"If a rap song could be a novel, it might resemble Sister Souljah's latest book, for she has taken elements of that culture and grafted them on to this tale. From the beginning, Winter is a princess, pampered and petted by her father, Santiaga, a Brooklyn kingpin. Living the fast life amongst an extended family of drug dealers and other underworld figures, Winter shops in the best stores, wears exclusive designer clothes, and rides in expensive cars. Her father's loss of power initiates her fall from grace as the "project princess" and practically destroys her family and financial security. The story ends with her hardened yet humbled attitude toward life. Souljah includes herself in this story as the dedicated community activist and organizer (which she is in real life). Throughout the story, Souljah's activism is recognized and followed by Winter's family, friends, and new acquaintances. The audience to whom this book is written will find the language real and raw, yet the story could have been told with less obscenities and vulgarity. However, the message is solid and one that we can never stop preaching to our youth--anything that comes too easy or too fast is also too risky. --Lillian Lewis"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Hip-hop star, political activist and now writer, Sister Souljah exhibits a raw and true voice (though her prose is rough and unsophisticated) in this cautionary tale protesting drugs and violence among young African-Americans in the inner city. Winter Santiaga, the 17-year-old daughter of big-time drug dealer Ricky Santiaga, is spoiled and pampered, intoxicated by the power of her name and her sexuality. Riding high on the trade, Santiaga moves the family out of the Brooklyn projects to a mansion on Long Island where things start to disintegrate. Winter's mother is shot in the face by competing drug dealers, the FBI arrest Santiaga and confiscate the family's possessions. Then, while visiting her father at Rikers Island, Winter discovers her father has a 22-year-old mistress and a baby boy. For the first time, Winter feels anger toward her father and pity for her fallen mother. Being the ruthless hood rat that she is, however, Winter leaves her weakened relatives behind and sets off to regain her stature and reinstate her father. Attracted to power, intolerant of those without it, ill-equipped to deal on her own and predisposed to make all the wrong moves, she deceives and steals from those who help her and yet, somehow, she remains a sympathetic character. Winter's obsession with money, possessions and appearances, her involvement in the drug trade and the parade of men she uses lead her down the wrong path. Sister Souljah herself appears as a "fictional" character who voices her belief that Winter's vices are shared by many, and that greed, drugs and violence devalue the lives of urban youth. Souljah peppers her raunchy and potentially offensive prose with epithets and street lingo, investing her narrative with honesty albeit often at the expense of disciplined writing. But this is a realistic coming-of-age story of debauchery with a grave moral. Agent, Elyse Cheney. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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