Disgruntled

Disgruntled

A Novel

Book - 2015 | First edition
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"Novel about a young black girl coming of age in Philadelphia in the late '80s and early '90s"-- Provided by publisher.
"An elegant, vibrant, startling coming-of-age novel, for anyone who's ever felt the shame of being alive Kenya Curtis is only eight years old, but she knows that she's different, even if she can't put her finger on how or why. It's not because she's Black--most of the other students in the fourth-grade class at her West Philadelphia elementary school are too. Maybe it's because she celebrates Kwanzaa, or because she's forbidden from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Maybe it's because she calls her father--a housepainter-slash-philosopher--"Baba" instead of "Daddy," or because her parents' friends gather to pour out libations "from the Creator, for the Martyrs" and discuss "the community." Kenya does know that it's connected to what her Baba calls "the shame of being alive"--A shame that only grows deeper and more complex over the course of Asali Solomon's long-awaited debut novel. Disgruntled, effortlessly funny and achingly poignant, follows Kenya from West Philadelphia to the suburbs, from public school to private, from childhood through adolescence, as she grows increasingly disgruntled by her inability to find any place or thing or person that feels like home. A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, an examination of the impossible double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a novel about the desire to rise above the limitations of the narratives we're given and the painful struggle to craft fresh ones we can call our own"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374140342
0374140340
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 285 pages ; 22 cm

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Kenya Curtis is only eight years old, but she knows that she’s different, even if she can’t put her finger on how or why. A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, an examination of the impossible double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a novel about t... Read More »

Kenya Curtis is only eight years old, but she knows that she’s different, even if she can’t put her finger on how or why. A coming-of-age tale, a portrait of Philadelphia in the late eighties and early nineties, an examination of the impossible double-binds of race, Disgruntled is a novel about t... Read More »


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lukasevansherman
Oct 30, 2016

While it's a coming of age story, I don't think I'd call it, as the previous commentator did, a YA narrative. If the story is a little familiar, the protagonist, a black girl with activist parents, is a fresh, vibrant character and author Asali Solomon gives her a distincitive voice that is more necessary than ever right now.

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advega718
Sep 30, 2015

An inner city girlhood story in a YA narrative. The bit parts of the father's letters seemed expendable, but overall it was charming and even funny.

LPL_KateG May 15, 2015

This book was powerful, funny, raw, and touching. I absolutely loved Asali Solomon's narrator, Kenya, and was up reading late into the night to find out how she would navigate the world around her. A coming of age story set in Philadelphia in the last decades of the 20th century, Disgruntled made me laugh out loud and also hurt my heart.

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