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Into the Go-Slow
Davis, Bridgett M., author.
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New York City : The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2014.

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360 pages ; 21 cm
It's 1986 and twenty-one-year-old Angie continues to mourn the death of her brilliant and radical sister Ella. On impulse, she travels from Detroit to the place where Ella tragically died four years before{u2014}Nigeria. She retraces her sister's steps, all the while navigating the chaotic landscape of a major African country on the brink of democracy careening toward a coup d'état. At the center of this quest is a love affair that upends everything Angie thought she knew about herself. Against a backdrop of Nigeria's infamous go-slow{u2014}traffic as wild and surprising as a Fela lyric{u2014}Angie begins to unravel the mysteries of the past, and opens herself up to love and life after Ella.
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Into The Go Slow is a novel about a family in Detroit in the aftermath of the Black Power Movement. Angie, the youngest daughter, travels from 1980s Detroit to Lagos, Nigeria after her estranged older sister Ella mysteriously dies there. It is on this transatlantic journey that Angie discovers not only who her sister really was, but ultimately, herself.

Author Notes

Bridgett Davis 's debut novel Shifting Through Neutral was published in 2004 by Amistad/ HarperCollins. The novel was a Borders Books "Original Voices" Selection and a finalist for the 2005 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright LEGACY Award. Davis was selected as the New Author of the Year by Go on Girl! Book Club--the largest national reading group for African American women.

Davis's essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in the Washington Post , the Wall Street Journal , the Chicago Tribune , and a host of other publications.

She is a professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, where she is the director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, and she is the curator for the popular monthly Brooklyn reading series, Sundays @.

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Booklist Review

Davis' (Shifting through Neutral, 2004) second novel is a captivating coming-of-age tale of a young black woman, Angie Mackenzie, a recent graduate of Wayne State in Detroit, who is holding down a sales-clerk job and wondering where her life is headed. Angie still lives with her widowed mother. Her older sister, Denise, lives in Atlanta. The third sister, Ella, the unpredictable wild child, became a black activist in the early 1980s, journeyed to Nigeria and became a well-known feminist journalist, returned to the U.S., became a heroin addict, then, after extensive rehab, went back to Nigeria, where she was killed a short time later in a hit-and-run accident. Angie was devoted to Ella and decides to retrace her steps to Africa to experience the world as her sister did seven years earlier. Davis paints a vivid portrait of Lagos: its poverty, beauty, corruption, and go-slow approach to life. Angie does learn what she came to Africa to discover, and feeling enlightened, she is ready to begin the next phase of her own life.--Donovan, Deborah Copyright 2014 Booklist

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