Soul Kiss by Shay Youngblood

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Left by her mother in the care of her aunts at the age of seven, Mariah dreams of her mother's return and of the father she has never met, eventually beginning a correspondence with him that leads to a tumultuous visit when she turns fourteen. A first novel.

About Shay Youngblood

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Youngblood is a professor of Creative Writing and Black Women's Literature at Wheaton College.
Published April 1, 1998 by Riverhead Trade. 207 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although the quiet and respectable Aunt Merleen and Aunt Faith earnestly try to provide Mariah the structure and advantages that her mother, Coral, could not, Mariah's ability to love and connect with others is stunted.

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Making friends, falling in lust, even reaching out to her estranged father, an errant painter named Matisse, Mariah has one ambition: ''I want to make words so delicious that people will want to eat them.'' With Soul Kiss, Youngblood has done just that: The sensation of reading this shimmeri...

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