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Leaving Atlanta

Leaving Atlanta

Beautifully evocative, this novel portrays one of the darkest tragedies in American history through the eyes of three unforgettable children.

From the author of An American Marriage, An Oprah’s Book Club 2018 Selection

It was the end of summer, a summer during the two-year nightmare in which Atlanta’s African-American children were vanishing and twenty-nine would be found murdered by 1982. Here fifth-grade classmates Tasha Baxter, Rodney Green, and Octavia Harrison will discover back-to-school means facing everyday challenges in a new world of safety lessons, terrified parents, and constant fear.

The moving story of their struggle to grow up-and survive- shimmers with the piercing, ineffable quality of childhood, as it captures all the hurts and little wins, the all-too-sudden changes, and the merciless, outside forces that can sweep the young into adulthood and forever shape their lives.

“Tayari Jones is
blessed with vision to see through to the surprising and devastating truths at the heart of ordinary lives, strength to wrest those truths free, and a gift of language to lay it all out, compelling and clear.” — Michael Chabon, author of Moonglow

“Tayari Jones has emerged as one of the most important voices of her generation.” — Essence

“One of America’s finest writers.” — Nylon.com

“Tayari Jones is a wonderful storyteller.” — Ploughshares
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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Coming Of Age

On Sale: May 30th 2009

Price: $9.99 / $12.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780446559652

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