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In a suspenseful novel of uncommon depth and intensity, Toni Cade Bambara renders a harrowing portrait of a city under siege. Having elected its first black mayor in 1980, Atlanta projected an image of political progressiveness and prosperity. But between September 1979 and June 1981, more than forty black children were kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and brutally murdered throughout "The City Too Busy to Hate."
A separated mother of three holding down several jobs, Zala Spencer has managed to survive on the margins of a flourishing economy until she awakens the morning of Sunday, July 20, 1980, to find her teenage son Sonny missing. As the hours turn into days, Zala realizes that Sonny is among the many cases of missing children just beginning to attract national attention. Growing increasingly disillusioned with the authorities, who respond to Sonny's disappearance with cold indifference, Zala and her estranged husband embark on a desperate search. Through the eyes of a family seized by anguish and terror, we watch a city roiling with political, racial, and class tensions.
"Riveting. . .a carefully crafted mystery [that is] difficult to put down." -The Boston Globe
"Magnificent. . . . A powerful culmination of Bambara's career." -- The Denver Post
"Luminous and rich in sensory images . . . haunting and surprising. . . . [Bambara] has managed to combine a complex murder mystery, a sophisticated commentary on race relations, and a wonderful tapestry of dozens of memorable characters." --USA Today
"Truly worthy of being called an epic. . . . Anyone who ever thought it does
not take a special kind of courage to write a great novel should read Those Bones Are Not My Child." --Chicago Tribune