Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones

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An award-winning author makes her fiction debut with this coming-of-age story of three young black children set against the backdrop of the Atlanta child murders of 1979.
 

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Tayari Jones is the author of two previous novels. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She serves on the MFA faculty at Rutgers and blogs on writing at www.tayari jones.com/blog.
 
Published May 9, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 272 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Part Two, second person and a switch over to Rodney (one of the weirdest kids in Tasha’s class) for more elementary-school adventures as the investigation goes on.

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Based on the Atlanta child murders of 1979–1980, this wrenching debut novel is told from the perspective of three Atlanta fifth-graders living in the midst of the crisis. Tasha is a sweet, c

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Based on the Atlanta child murders of 1979–1980, this wrenching debut novel is told from the perspective of three Atlanta fifth-graders living in the midst of the crisis.

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Examiner

Author Tayari Jones was a child in Atlanta during this time, and she uses this time period as the backdrop for her novel, Leaving Atlanta.

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Examiner

At first glance, the novel "Leaving Atlanta" sounds like a "bildungsroman:" an archetypal coming of age story that focuses on the psychological and physical growth of a protagonist as he or she matures from childhood to adulthood.

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It's late summer 1979 in Atlanta, Georgia --- rain has been falling for three straight months, washing out any hopes of a sun-filled summer vacation for the city's school children, and though barely anyone notices, young black boys are going missing.

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People

Beginning in the summer of 1979, 29 black children were snatched off the streets of Atlanta one by one and murdered over an agonizing two-year period.

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