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Detroit Lakes Public Library Y ILO (Text) 33500013320569 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library Y ILO (Text) 33500013320551 New Checked out 02/01/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780525556206
  • ISBN: 0525556206
  • Physical Description: 403 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dutton Books, [2020]

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A mixed-heritage dancer's coming of age within the African diaspora is shaped by abuse at the hands of a cousin, her mother's descent into addiction, and her father's efforts to create a Nigerian-inspired home in America.
"Ada" means first daughter, means oldest girl, means most pressure. When Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a historical Black college, it's the first time that she's been able to make her own choices. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, she also begins to wrestle with her past-- her mother's struggle with addiction, her Nigerian father's attempts to make a home for her. Will she find the courage to shape a life of her own? -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 August #1
    *Starred Review* High school's finally over, and Ada's off to college at an HBCU 697 miles away from her home on Chicago's North Side. No longer is she bound by her father's incessant prayers, his imposition of a God she is not even entirely sure she will continue to follow. Nor is Ada subject to the delicate handling of her temperamental mother or managing her far too predictable outbursts. But with thousands of miles between them, and the freedom to finally be herself, Ada reckons with the weight of her life's experiences and long-suppressed desires as college life messily unfolds. Her magic, though, is found in dance, where her body is free to say all of the things that her mouth hasn't yet had the boldness to. In her debut novel in verse, Iloh delicately crafts Ada's life, meshing her understanding of herself in the experiences of her past. This effectively oscillates readers through time, with the narrative voice sometimes dating back to early childhood, imparting deep underlying knowledge of the values she was taught, the cultures that shaped her, and the traumas she can't quite let go. This title references substance abuse and sexual assault of a minor, each instance adding devastating complexity to the woman Ada eventually becomes. This book is a testament to the beauty of Black girls, their circumstances, bodies, and cultures. A title to read slowly, this is a captivating read, with even more depth imbued in the formatting and play with white space. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Candice Iloh is a first generation Nigerian-American writer, teaching artist, and youth educator. She has performed her work around the country, most notably at Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City, the Women in Poetry & Hip Hop celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore (where she performed as Nikki Giovanni), and as part of the Africa In Motion performing arts series at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Howard University and holds an MFA in writing from Lesley University. Her work has earned fellowships from Lambda Literary and VONA among many others. This is her first novel.

Subject: Dancers > Fiction.
African American women college students > Fiction.
Nigerian Americans > Fiction.
Sex crimes > Fiction.
African American universities and colleges > Fiction.
Dysfunctional families > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Self-realization > Fiction.
Dancers > Fiction.
African American women college students > Fiction.
Nigerian Americans > Fiction.
Sexual abuse > Fiction.
African American universities and colleges > Fiction.
Family problems > Fiction.
Secrets > Fiction.
Self-realization > Fiction.
Novels in verse.
African American universities and colleges
African American women college students
Dysfunctional families
Nigerian Americans
Novels in verse
Sex crimes
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Novels in verse
Social problem fiction
Young adult works
Novels in verse.
Social problem fiction.

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