Daddy Was a Number Runner

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Recently chosen by Essence magazine, this beloved modern classic tells the poignant story of a spirited young woman’s coming of age in -Depression-era Harlem. While 12-year-old Francie Coffin’s world and family threaten to fall apart, this remarkable young heroine must call upon her own wit and endurance to survive amidst the treacheries of racism and sexism, poverty and violence. "The novel’s greatest achievement lies in the strong sense of black life that it conveys: the vitality and force behind the despair . ...

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Overview

Recently chosen by Essence magazine, this beloved modern classic tells the poignant story of a spirited young woman’s coming of age in -Depression-era Harlem. While 12-year-old Francie Coffin’s world and family threaten to fall apart, this remarkable young heroine must call upon her own wit and endurance to survive amidst the treacheries of racism and sexism, poverty and violence. "The novel’s greatest achievement lies in the strong sense of black life that it conveys: the vitality and force behind the despair . . . a most -important novel."—New York Times Book Review

Told from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl, this popular novel documents the disintergration of a black family in Harlem in the 1930s. A compelling, readable, occasionally funny work, it vividly illuminates the life of the ghetto, not just the despair and the violence, but the pride and the vitality as well.

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Paule Marshall
The novel's greatest achievement lies in the sense of black life that it conveys: vitality and force behind the despair. It celebrates the positive values behind the black experience: the tenderness and love that often lie underneath the abrasive surfaces of relationships...the humor that has long been an important part of the black survival kit, and the heroism of ordinary folk...a most important novel. -- The New York Times Book Review
Libertin
Daddy was a Number Runner is not sugar-coated or show. It is truth lived in the vernacular -- a black girl's humor and empathy as she comes to understand Harlem's dreams and tragedy...from inside out. Louise Meriwether's voice is the black feminist novel's equivalent of the blues. If you like the modern classics like Mailer, Morrison, Marshall, you will love this...you will not be able to put it down or forget Francie, one of my all-time favorite characters. --Belles Lettres
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558614420
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Series: Contemporary Classics by Women Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 681,293
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

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    I first read this book when I was fourteen and I have always hel

    I first read this book when I was fourteen and I have always held this book close to my heart. Great read!

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    This book is so awesome

    I first read this book when I was around 13yrs old I picked it up and could not put it down! I told all my daughters about this book as they grew up my oldest daughter is now 34 yrs old and my youngest is 12 going on 13 I told her I would find this book and get it for her to read. I will never forget reading this book. I remember putting myself into this story and everyday I rushed home from school to read more of the book. After a few days when I had finished reading the book I used to read it on the weekends over and over again. It was worth reading then and it is for sure worth reading now with my youngest daughter. I can't wait to go into the store and purchase it with her. This is what we will read on our mother daughter days! EXCELLENT READING!!!! BUY THIS BOOK!!! Big mama New York

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2003

    Impressed...

    From beginning to end, the book was enjoyable. Brutally honest and very mature, but an excellent read. Many times hit close to home, others were a learning experience (like the use of rags, the electric hair on juveniles, etc.) It was a quick read that I didn't want to finish!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2002

    A pleased Highschooler

    This book was great and it wasn't a hard read. It was loosely based on the writers life and the history of Harlem.It was apge turner and I enjoyed reading it.

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