Fish and Grits [NOOK Book]

Overview

Set in the late 1970s, Fish and Grits is the story of 14-year old Kala Johnson, a protégé, forced to raise her younger siblings in the Fairhill Housing Project in Philadelphia. Broken into four parts, Fish and Grits highlights Kala’s “fish dreams” which take place before important events occur in their lives.

Kala comes up with a plan to keep them together amidst the challenges of poverty, government interference, and a drug-addicted mother. ...
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Overview

Set in the late 1970s, Fish and Grits is the story of 14-year old Kala Johnson, a protégé, forced to raise her younger siblings in the Fairhill Housing Project in Philadelphia. Broken into four parts, Fish and Grits highlights Kala’s “fish dreams” which take place before important events occur in their lives.

Kala comes up with a plan to keep them together amidst the challenges of poverty, government interference, and a drug-addicted mother. However, when one of the eight years old twin boys began to set deadly fires, and was saved from the police by their bank-robbing neighbor, Kala finds in him a friend and confidante.
"I can see every place, feel and smell the things Kala and the kids are going through.

Their lives continued to unravel after their mother dies, 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 cooks up a cast of characters and events that allow the reader to re-visit the pains and joys of their own childhood, while tackling some of the most controversial topics of the time.
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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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011831553
  • Publisher: Creativetina
  • Publication date: 10/2/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 221
  • Sales rank: 172,153
  • File size: 210 KB

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.
She resides in Philadelphia, PA with her family and can be contacted at tinalsmithbrown@msn.com. and her blog run2fishandgrits.blogspot.com.
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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Riveting & Emotional Rollercoaster -- a Must Read!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Very enjoyable, you will be thinking about it, after it's over!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    Comedian Kevin Hart Loves Fish and Grits

    "Kevin says this is that dark kind of funny, that can only be realistic."

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    Great book......Definately a must read. Couldnt put it down. Wil

    Great book......Definately a must read. Couldnt put it down. Will make you laugh and cry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    A Must Read! Held my attention!!! Excellent Book I would most d

    A Must Read!

    Held my attention!!! Excellent Book I would most definitely recommend this wonderful book (e-book) to my friends!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Good read!

    Hard to put down...I enjoyed this one. A good Free Friday find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    SERVE IT UP!

    This was a wonderful read...clear concise and a pure joy to read. This would make a wonderful movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    very good

    I like this author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Good

    This was one of the best books I've read in 2012, I'm looking forward to reading more selections by this TALENTED author!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Recommend

    This was a really good read. I couldn't put it down. The flow is good and the story is all too familiar, unfortunately.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Great book!

    Very good book. Didn't want to put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Slow Read

    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

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Great Book!

    Definetly a page turner! Must read!

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

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    Hard Times

    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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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Great book

    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

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

    Good read

    Cant wait for the sequel!

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    ENCHANTING

    A surprisingly good read. The characters draw you in and keep you engaged until the end. The dream passages were a bit much but the story kept me entranced. I dont know if this is a first effort but I'm looking forward to more from this author.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

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    Alright Book

    This book was ok, but it started off slow and begin picking up. This is the sort of book you would read if you had nothing to read. Its a short 125 page book, you would be able to complete in one day or two if consistant. I have read better.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    Pull out your silverware and take a bite out of this delicious read

    A rich tapestry of colorful characters swirls through the concrete jungle of the city of brotherly love. The story of Kala, the head of a family of six at the age of thirteen, is told as remembered by her younger sister. At a time when the proverbial "village" that once raised children had begun its journey to extinction through addiction, abuse, and neglect Kala is the consummate survivor and nurturer. Chock full of unexpected surprises the author draws readers into the lives of this little family through tears, laughter, struggles and triumphs. Debut author Tina Smith-Brown has found her niche..

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    This book was an absolute pleasure to read, I could not put it down. Highly Recommend!!!!!!

    Tina Smith-Brown's book "Fish and Grits" forces the reader to use all five senses. Through her words you see, feel, hear, touch, and taste what her characters are experiencing, you can't help but laugh and cry with them as they experience the harsh reality of living in the Bad Lands of North Philadelphia. Her eloquent and creative writing skills are compelling, compassionate, and powerful. This book was an absolute pleasure to read, I could not put it down. I must thank you Ms Smith for the pleasure, and am looking forward to your next literary masterpiece.

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