devorah major is an African-American poet, novelist, essayist, and teacher. She is the current Poet Laureate of San Francisco. Among her books are Open Weave, Street Smarts, and Where River Meets Ocean.
"This is a bold and beautiful book. The dead and living speak with equal power. They are able to listen to the presence and abscence of family, neighborhood, race. It's either beyond or before magic. Actually, it's the way it is." -Grace Paley|"Here is a novel for people who continue to walk in the light. major's voice 'tags' the changes that have taken place in the African-American community over the last several years ... major writes the way Billie Holiday sings. There are blues behind those brown glass windows. Just ask the spirits that keep reminding us to listen." -E. Ethelbert Miller, Director, African American Resource Center, Howard University|"major tells it the way it is with a magical-realist twist ..." -Kirkus Reviews