COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK April Sinclair (Hyperion, $19.95) ”Madame Walker inventing the straightening comb was the best thing that happened to the Negro next to Emancipation.” ”White people are like actors, they don’t feel things the way we do.” Stevie, the smart, adventurous heroine of Sinclair’s funny, fresh first novel about growing up African-American in 1960s Chicago, picks her way through minefields of advice from her mother’s generation while searching for a place in her own. She outgrows an early obsession with good hair and the right skin color (fudge? Cracker Jack? pecan? paper bag?) to discover politics and self-respect after Martin Luther King is murdered. Sinclair writes like Terry McMillan’s kid sister, in earthy, slangy dialogue peppered with down-home expressions. A girl is as ugly as ”homemade sin.” Winter weather is ”stomp-down cold.” She has a knack for framing heavy questions in quick, easy, upbeat vignettes that make the ’60s sound like the good old days. B+ -Suzanne Ruta
Coffee Will Make You Black COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK April Sinclair (Hyperion, $19.95) ''Madame Walker inventing the straightening comb was the best thing that happened to the...Coffee Will Make You BlackFictionApril Sinclair COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK April Sinclair (Hyperion, $19.95) ''Madame Walker inventing the straightening comb was the best thing that happened to the...1994-03-04
Genre: Fiction; Author: April Sinclair
Posted March 4 1994 — 12:00 AM EST
- Arthur Conan Doyle's estate is suing Miramax over 'Mr. Holmes'
- A$AP Rocky and Schoolboy Q shock with 'Electric Body'
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen aren't returning for Netflix's 'Fuller House'
- Two more (unofficial) Drake songs leak, including Tinashe collaboration
- Bask in '90s nostalgia with this a ca-mazing 'Boy Meets World' medley
- Eminem to executive produce 'Southpaw' soundtrack: Hear a sneak peek of his new song
- Michael B. Jordan: Why I'm Torching the color line in 'Fantastic Four'
- 'Fear the Walking Dead' First Look: 7 photos from the set
- Cannes 2015: What's buzzing in film and fashion (so far)
- 'Survivor': Meet 20 alums you picked for a 'Second Chance'
- Ellie Kemper, more faces of the 2015 Webby Awards
- Summer Music Preview 2015: 10 hottest tours
- Marion Cotillard, Jason Derulo, Serena Williams and More!