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Written in the tradition of The House on Mango Street this is a powerful novel of a young African-American girl's reckoning with a cruel and unforgiving world. Song Byrd struggles to fit in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood and, upon her mother's untimely death, is forced to move in with a father who never wanted her in the first place. The story is told through a series of vignettes as Song Byrd attempts to construct an identity for herself and tries to reconcile the guilt she feels over her mother's death—all the while hoping for a little piece of sky to open up.
"Bailey-Williams, a high school English teacher, has written a debut that reads like an urban diary, filled with hardships but also acts of love and kindness, told matter-of-factly and without melodrama....Highly recommended...."—Library Journal
"...Bailey-Williams's spare narration and concise prose establish her as a new author with a powerful voice and plenty to say...."—Publisher's Weekly