Wade in the Water


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$27.99  $26.03
Amistad Press
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6.25 X 9.25 X 1.05 inches | 1.14 pounds
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About the Author

Nyani Nkrumah was born in Boston and raised in Ghana and Zimbabwe. She developed her love of reading and writing from her mother, who taught English Literature and Language and encouraged her children to recite poems and Shakespeare soliloquies. After graduating from Amherst College with a dual major in Biology and Black Studies, Nkrumah received her master's at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. She has lived in the Washington, DC, region for the past twenty years.


Set in 1982, this immersive début novel is narrated largely by an adolescent girl who lives in an all-Black neighborhood in the fictional town of Ricksville, Mississippi.. . . Nkrumah resists giving her two main characters a predictable relationship, and her story uncloaks heroes in marvellously unexpected places. -- The New Yorker

Stunning...The author is supremely gifted at bringing both her characters and their close-knit rural town to life. Readers will eagerly await more from this writer. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

With expert character development, Nkrumah gives memorable voice to a young woman struggling to overcome familial abuse and find her way in the world. For readers who enjoyed Alice Walker's Meridian and Jas Hammonds's YA novel We Deserve Monuments. -- Library Journal

Ella's a ray of sunshine determined to bust through the murkiness that surrounds her, a fighter who clings to God's promises and refuses to accept she's invaluable. She is a marvel and an inspiration. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"The novel works best as a bildungsroman, with Nkrumah elevating a young girl's struggles with intense colorism, the traumas of abuse and betrayal and her eventual ability to love herself." -- The New York Times Book Review