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Fish and Grits
     

Fish and Grits

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by Tina Smith-Brown
 

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Narrated in the voice of her younger sister, Fish and Grits chronicles the life of Kala Johnson, an African American girl who finds redemption from abuse by eating a forbidden meal. After the death of her father, fourteen year old Kala, an exceptional student who dreams about the future before it happens, takes on the responsibility of raising four younger siblings

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Narrated in the voice of her younger sister, Fish and Grits chronicles the life of Kala Johnson, an African American girl who finds redemption from abuse by eating a forbidden meal. After the death of her father, fourteen year old Kala, an exceptional student who dreams about the future before it happens, takes on the responsibility of raising four younger siblings while struggling to survive the "concrete jungle" they call home.

Kala, who will do anything to keep her family from suffering, comes up with a plan to keep them together amidst the challenges of poverty, government interference, and a drug addicted mother. When one of the eight years old twin boys begins to set deadly fires and is saved by their bank robbing neighbor, Kala finds in him a friend and confidante. Their lives continue to unravel after their mother is killed, but Aunt Charlie, their gay, ex-marine corps uncle, arrives just in time to rescue the family and to show Kala that true parental love really does exist.

Fish and Grits is a fast pace urban drama which takes place during the era of Reganomics, disco music, and the Jheri Curl. Set in a North Philadelphia housing project during the early 1980s. It is a story of survival and determination, filled with memorable characters that will make you both laugh and cry aloud.

Editorial Reviews

Eboni Plum
Compelling, Intense, Realistic and Nostalgic. This book touched me on so many different levels. It's a great depiction of what it was like growing up in one of my grandmothers' neighborhood and the unfortunate struggle of many young children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453709511
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/23/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.47(d)

Meet the Author

Tina Smith-Brown is a Graduate of Temple University's Journalism Program, the Art Institute on Line and currently working on a graduate degree in creative writing from University College, a division of Denver University. She is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship and two Leeway Foundation Art and Change Awards. Fish and Grits is her first independently published novel.

Tina resides in Philadelphia, PA with her family and can be contacted at tinalsmithbrown@msn.com. and her blog run2fishandgrits.blogspot.com. or through her website creativetina.com.

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Fish and Grits 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
MarketingMaven More than 1 year ago
Spellbinding trip inside the life and emotions of a very poor black family in 1970's North Philadelphia. Written with such emotional honesty, candor and even humor, that you become completely the captive of the children of the Johnson family. Prepare yourself to re-examine all you thought you knew about growing up poor and black in America. I couldn't put it down, felt I was truly seeing through the eyes of the young narrator, and found myself thinking about it long afterwards. A wonderful book for book discussion groups, that is sure to lead to very stimulating and lively discusssions.
QV More than 1 year ago
Dramatic but lighthearted, "Fish and Grits" envokes a gamet of emotions. I began to feel familiar with eah character, and hurt when ech was hurt, and happy with each redemption. This book is witty and nostalgic, and even provides a little history! It is an interseting read and will not disappoint!
T_mac2 More than 1 year ago
Great book......Definately a must read. Couldnt put it down. Will make you laugh and cry.
ALOVETT More than 1 year ago
A Must Read! Held my attention!!! Excellent Book I would most definitely recommend this wonderful book (e-book) to my friends!
girlwrite More than 1 year ago
"Kevin says this is that dark kind of funny, that can only be realistic."
luvs2readJF More than 1 year ago
Very good book, I just wish the ending had been better.
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Hard to put down...I enjoyed this one. A good Free Friday find.
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This was a wonderful read...clear concise and a pure joy to read. This would make a wonderful movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I've read in 2012, I'm looking forward to reading more selections by this TALENTED author!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good read. I couldn't put it down. The flow is good and the story is all too familiar, unfortunately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Didn't want to put it down.
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What community doesn't recognize a 14 year old raising her siblings who are (10, 8 & 5 years old). While the middle sister is telling the story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definetly a page turner! Must read!
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Tina Smith-Brown¿s ¿Fish and Grits¿ is the story of Kala Johnson, her younger sister and three younger brothers. Kala is only fourteen years old but she¿s the only one responsible for her siblings after her father dies. Their mother is always on the grind for the next hit and does nothing for them. Kala will do anything for her siblings. She makes sure that they have what they need while she is still trying to go to school. The task of childhood poverty, a drug addict for a mother and keeping social services off their backs are just a few of the encounters that are a constant burden for them. The life they live takes a turn for the worse and it isn¿t looking good. What will be next? ¿Fish and Grits¿ is told from the prospective of Kala¿s younger sister¿s eyes. These children go through a lot to keep their family together. The characters are hilarious and the setting gives the feeling that you are there with them. Reviewed by: Sophia
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Lisa Joiner More than 1 year ago
At first i thought what a waste of my money but kept reading this is a wonderful book cant wait for the next one love it love it
nepe More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for the sequel!