It's 1986 and twenty-one-year-old Angie continues to mourn the death of her brilliant and radical sister Ella. On impulse, she travels from Detroit to the place where Ella tragically died four years beforeNigeria. She retraces her sister's steps, all the while navigating the chaotic landscape of a major African country on the brink of democracy careening toward a coup d'état.
At the center of this quest is a love affair that upends everything Angie thought she knew about herself. Against a backdrop of Nigeria's infamous go-slowtraffic as wild and surprising as a Fela lyricAngie begins to unravel the mysteries of the past, and opens herself up to love and life after Ella.
|Publisher:||Feminist Press at CUNY, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Bridgett Davis ’s debut novel Shifting Through Neutral was published in 2004 by Amistad/ HarperCollins. The novel was a Borders Books “Original Voices” Selection and a finalist for the 2005 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright LEGACY Award. Davis was selected as the New Author of the Year by Go on Girl! Book Clubthe largest national reading group for African American women.
Davis’s essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in the Washington Post , the Wall Street Journal , the Chicago Tribune , TheRoot.com and a host of other publications.
She is a professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, where she is the director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, and she is the curator for the popular monthly Brooklyn reading series, Sundays @.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In the acknowledgements, Ms. Davis mentions that she was encouraged by many to finish this novel, and I am so glad she did. Into the Go-Slow was a journey back in time, seamlessly incorporating history, politics, and pop culture into its storyline. Angie wants to know everything she can find out about her sister, Ella. She tells Ella's story here in a way that brings her to life in the mind of the reader. But later, you will be right there with Angie when others bring Ella to life for her in a similar way. For me, this book is not simply Ella's story, it's Nigeria's story. It will take you to all the highs and lows and you won't soon forget it.