A Little Piece of Sky by Nicole Bailey Williams

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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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About Nicole Bailey Williams

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Author of the acclaimed novel A Little Piece of Sky (Harlem Moon, 2002), NICOLE BAILEY-WILLIAMS is a high-school English teacher and cohost of The Literary Review, a Philadelphia radio show. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Publishers Weekly, Black Issues Book Review, and Gumbo: An Anthology of African American Writing. She lives in Philadelphia.
Published October 8, 2002 by Broadway Books. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But her success has not come without a price, and Song Byrd often feels that she is stuck between two worlds: the rarefied precincts of the wealthy and privileged who provide the money, and the desperate and hopeless alleyways of the poor whom she tries to help through her grants.

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This story of an African-American girl who beats the odds is certainly familiar, but Bailey-Williams's spare narration and concise prose establish her as a new author with a powerful voice and plenty to say.

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