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Mowry, Jess.

ISBN 10: 0374220832 / ISBN 13: 9780374220839
Published by New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1993. dj, 1993
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. SIGNED by author. The fourth book by this Mississippi born author. Despite the acclaim he has received he still lives in the same Oakland, California neighborhood about which he writes so powerfully. 501 pp. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 4904

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Publisher: New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1993. dj

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Fleeing from Mississippi to California following the arrest of his father, Met, a young black boy, is plunged into a nightmare world of drugs, violence, and poverty. By the author of Way Past Cool.

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The thirteen-year-old Corbitt Wainwright's adolescence is abruptly cut short when his father is imprisoned for attacking a white man. Tragically, dreams of success through good grades and hard work are wiped aside as white society shows him, out of both kindness and malice, that poor black kids in Mississippi don't have much of a hand in creating their own destinies. Refusing to accept this allotted role, and after a deadly confrontation with his father's accuser, Corbitt sets out for California, the land of opportunity and racial equality. Upon his arrival in West Oakland, a whole other world awaits. This is a world populated by gangs and crack dealers, violent cops and street kids, and one where the future seems even bleaker than it does back at home. Against the odds, he helps some of the local homeboys overcome one of their many predators and discovers the power of his African heritage. Finally, he learns to trust his own strength.

Filled with a remarkably diverse cast of characters and written with gut-wrenching immediacy, cutting-edge street slang, and a haunting lyricism, Six Out Seven is a brutally honest novel about what it means to be a black teenager in America today.

"Few authors capture the slang and terrors of inner-city streets the way Mr. Mowry does. And few write with such a sense of mission and fury.... Mowry has emerged as a vital and important literary voice."--The New York Times Book Review

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