Daddy was a number runner

by Meriwether, Louise,

Format: Print Book 2002
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This modern classic is "a tough, tender, bitter novel of a black girl struggling towards womanhood" in 1930s Harlem--with a foreword by James Baldwin (Publishers Weekly).

Depression-era Harlem is home for twelve-year-old Francie Coffin and her family, and it's both a place of refuge and the source of untold dangers for her and her poor, working class family. The beloved "daddy" of the title indeed becomes a number runner when he is unable to find legal work, and while one of Francie's brothers dreams of becoming a chemist, the other is already in a gang. Francie is a dreamer, too, but there are risks in everything from going to the movies to walking down the block, and her pragmatism eventually outweighs her hope; "We was all poor and black and apt to stay that way, and that was that."

First published in 1970, Daddy Was a Number Runner is one of the seminal novels of the black experience in America. The New York Times Book Review proclaimed it "a most important novel."

Additional Information
Series Contemporary classics by women series.
Subjects African American teenage girls -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Feminist Press at the City University of New York,2002
Contributors Baldwin, James, 1924-1987, contributor.
McKay, Nellie Y., contributor.
Language English
Description 234 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 1558614427
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