Coffee Will Make You Black


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$16.99  $15.80
Open Road Media
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5.3 X 8.1 X 0.7 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

April Sinclair is the acclaimed, award-winning author of three novels. Her debut, Coffee Will Make You Black, was named Book of the Year (Young Adult Fiction) for 1994 by the American Library Association, and it received the Carl Sandburg Award from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library. The sequel to Coffee Will Make You Black, titled Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, was published in 1995 followed by the novel I Left My Back Door Open. Sinclair has been a fellow at the Djerassi, Yaddo, MacDowell, and Ragdale artist colonies. She worked for fifteen years in community service programs, and has taught reading and creative writing to inner-city youth. Born and raised in Chicago, she currently lives on an island connected by bridges and a tunnel to Oakland, California.


"A pleasure . . . Heartwarming . . . memorable . . . Told with earnestness and humor . . . A coming-of-age story with a twist." --Chicago Tribune

"Vivid and brilliant." --San Francisco Review of Books

"From touching to downright hilarious . . . In re-imagining a turbulent decade, Sinclair has created a rich cast of characters full of vitality and sass." --Ms. Magazine

"Bold . . . Moving . . .Witty . . . Wonderful . . . Sinclair never fails to make you laugh and never sacrifices the narrative to make a point." --Los Angeles Times

"April Sinclair is an extraordinary storyteller. I loved this book!" --Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

"Much of the charm of this first novel comes from its matter-of-fact initiation into Chicago's African American culture and a virtual glossary of sixties expressions and values." --The New Yorker

"Extraordinary . . . Feisty, funny and wise." --Glamour

"A truly original work. April Sinclair's people in Coffee Will Make You Black are absolutely real, and wonderful." --Victor Villaseñor, author of Rain of Gold