A dazzling fiction debut from the author of "Mama's Girl," "Miss Black America" is the warm and tender story of Angela, a young girl growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. Angela goes to school one ordinary day and returns home to find her glamorous and fiercely independent mother gone. Her magician father, Teddo, left to raise Angela alone, insists on keeping Melanie's disappearance shrouded in mystery. As Angela grows to womanhood and struggles to understand her mother's motivation for escaping the bonds of her family, she wryly observes, "My father was a magician, but my mother was the real Houdini."
A universal story that is both finely tuned and elegant, Miss Black America captures the intricacies, pleasures, contradictions, and complexities at the heart of every family. Spare and finely told, this novel will seep beneath your skin and stay with you long after the last page has been turned.
About the Author
Veronica Chambers was an editor for "The New York Times Magazine, " a culture writer for "Newsweek, " and a senior associate editor at "Premiere" magazine. Her work has appeared in "Vogue" and "Glamour, " among many other publications. She is also the author of a critically acclaimed memoir, "Mama's Girl." In 2000 she received a fellowship from the Japan Society to spend several months researching in Japan. She fell in love with the country and has returned for extended stays every year since.
“Chambers gives us a good glimpse of the inner life of a talented girl making her way in the world.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[An] exquisite first novel.” —Booklist
“You’ll be moved.” —Marie Claire