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Daddy Was A Number Runner

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349015927

Price: £12.99

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Meriwether's writing is beautiful, layered, and gutting
Paris Review
A tough, tender, bitter novel of a black girl struggling towards womanhood and survival
Publishers Weekly
A remarkable heroine. Tough, resourceful, darting around Harlem with the number slips for her father tucked in her middy-blouse pocket, she is, at the same time, vulnerable, innocent, a dreamer . . . The novel's greatest achievement lies in the strong sense of black life that it conveys: the vitality and force behind the despair. It celebrates the positive values of the black experience: the tenderness and love that often underlie the abrasive surface of relationships . . . the humour that has long been an important part of the black survival kit, and the heroism of ordinary folk . . . A most important novel
Paule Marshall, New York Times Book Review
Beautiful, timeless and relevant
Jacqueline Woodson
Louise Meriwether has told everyone who can read or feel what it means to be a black man or woman in this country . . . A considerable achievement
James Baldwin