Salmon Croquettes

Salmon Croquettes

by Glodean Champion


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In 1965, "The Circle" in Watts, Los Angeles, was filled with its own particular joys and troubles. This vibrant neighborhood comes alive in Salmon Croquettes, a heartwarming, humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking, historical fiction that brilliantly exposes the strength, resilience, and interconnectedness of the Black community.

Zayla Lucille McKinney grapples with the confusion of feeling like a boy trapped in a girl's body. Is she what the other girls call her, a "bulldagger"? And what does that even mean? In the midst of her transformation from 12-year-old tomboy to young woman, the community she loves explodes in a racial uprising. The Watts Riots teach Zayla the fragility of life and the importance of friendship. As the embers die down and the smoke clears, Zayla also learns something else, a family secret. Salmon Croquettes is a sensitive exploration of Zayla's transition from childhood incomprehension - why do adults expect children to magically understand what is not acceptable? - to an acceptance of who she is and the truth of who her parents really are.

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ISBN-13: 9780578767550
Publisher: Black Muse Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2021
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 254,918
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Glodean received a B.A. from Mills College and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She's a VONA Voices and Hurston/Wright Foundation alum. Glodedan currently lives in Monterey, Calfornia with her adorable Tibetan Terrier, Tashi, and is working on the sequel to Salmon Croquettes and a memoir, "Tough Love: Sh*t My Momma Used to Say" based on her mother, Frances Champion, and "the amazing intentionality" her mother put into raising her.

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