When Did You Stop Loving Me : A Novel
Veronica ChambersISBN: 0385509006;
Amazon.comFor Angela Davis Brown, the heroine of Veronica Chambers's debut novel, When Did You Stop Loving Me , life can be divided into two parts: before and after her mother disappears on an otherwise ordinary day in 1979. Left in the care of herfather, a magician who drives a Mercedes yet can't afford much more than an omelet or two a day, Angela must navigate the waters of young womanhood on her own, save the occasional appearance of her father's numerous girlfriends or her abusive Aunt Mona. Along the way, this precocious sixth-grader must grapple with the inevitable yet unanswerable need to understand how a mother could abandon her child to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood, to Angela a place a world away from Brooklyn. Chambers paintsa vivid image of the political and socio-economic climate of New York in the early 1980s. The most entertaining and heartfelt scenes of this novel come when Angela describes her parents riveting admiration for Assata Shakur's escape...
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