Leaving Atlanta - Tayari Jones

Leaving Atlanta

By Tayari Jones

  • Release Date: 2009-05-30
  • Genre: African American
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 27 Ratings)

Book Details Summary

FROM THE AUTHOR OF AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, AN OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION

It's the end of summer in Atlanta, and fifth-grade classmates Tasha Baxter, Rodney Green, and Octavia Harrison will discover that back-to-school means facing everyday challenges in a new world of safety lessons, terrified parents, and constant fear. Because it was the summer during which Atlanta's African-American children were vanishing.

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.

PRAISE FOR TAYARI JONES
"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

"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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  • Seeing the world through the eyes of a child

    5
    By ellephantforreal
    Amazing book. The author brilliantly tells the story of horrible real life events through the eyes of children. It’s an amazing story that contrasts what we always hear about the innocence of childhood with the brutal realities of the world. The author’s use of different narrative voices is seamless and really makes you feel like you know these children, which makes you feel for them even more. A must-read especially for anyone who works with children.
  • Novel that single handedly changed my life

    5
    By TheMsBlackinese
    Give this novel to young family members, change a life.