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St. Martin's Griffin
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5.06 X 7.52 X 0.72 inches | 0.43 pounds

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About the Author

Kalisha Buckhanon was born in Kankakee, Illinois in 1977. She has been the recipient of awards and fellowships from the NAACP, Andrew Mellon Fund, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Young Authors Commission, Mary Roberts Rhinehart Fund and the Chicago Black Writer's Conference. Her work has appeared in such publications as Michigan Quarterly Review and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New School University and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She has taught literacy and writing to children on Chicago's South Side, in Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Upstate is her first novel.


"A realistic love story that's set against an urban backdrop as gritty as its characters are memorable." --People magazine

"Heartbreaking and true...I'd read it again just for the power of the language." --Dorothy Allison, National Book Award Finalist and author of Bastard Out of Carolina

"Wild and beautiful...The story is told using the epistolary form with brilliant skill not seen since The Color Purple." --Sapphire, author of Push

"A literary gem. Upstate is a stunning debut. Completely unforgettable." --E. Lynn Harris, author of What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

"Upstate is intimate, wrenching...a story about love, surviving love, and the forgiveness that only love brings." --Achy Obejas, author of Memory Mambo and Days of Awe

"A gripping debut...I was thoroughly impressed." --Mary Monroe, author of God Still Don't Like Ugly

"Kalisha Buckhanon has unleashed brilliance in this debut novel. Upstate is creative, raw, and honest." --Darnella Ford, author of Rising and Crave

"A modern love story that is real and raw in its humor and tragedy." --Zelda Lockhart, winner of the Hurston/Wright Award and author of Fifth Born