Jean “Stevie” Stevenson, the indomitable heroine of Coffee Will Make You Black, is back—somewhat older and wiser, with some experience and a college degree—diving headfirst into the hot tub, free love, yoga, and vegetarian lifestyle of 1970s San Francisco. In this liberating new world of raised consciousness, mind-expanding, and disco-dancing, a soul sister with passion and daring has room to experiment with life and love to find out who she really is.
April gives an overview of the book:
You meet the same peoples over and over again in life," Grandma warned from doorway.
I didn't giver her my full attention. I was too busy cramming wool sweaters into a suitcase full of jeans. Despite my sweaty, well-toasted skin, I knew I'd need warm clothes in a month or so.
"They names and they faces might be different. But they will be the same peoples," Grandma insisted. Her words hung in the humid Chicago air like the smell of chitterlings cooking on a stove. She pulled a paper towel from her apron pocket and wiped the sweat off her fudge-colored forehead. Grandma wore one of those serious aprons that you had to stick your arms through. There was nothing prim and proper about her.
I was the first person in my whole family to go away to college, and I was excited. But I knew that "book learning" wasn't everything. Grandma says experience is the best teacher. And she is no one to take lightly.
Mama joined Grandma in the doorway. The two of them could barely fit. They were both big women. Neither of them were fat, just big in the way grown women are supposed to be, according to Grandma She'd often say, "Chile, don't nobody want a bone but a dog." But I was content with my slim figure. Thin was in, especially in white America, where I was headed. After all, Twiggy was the model of the hour. And besides, I certainly wasn't anywhere near that skinny…
April Sinclair is the author of three novels, the critically acclaimed bestseller, Coffee Will Make You Black, Ain’t Gonna Be The Same Fool Twice, and I Left My Back Door Open. The American Library Association named Coffee Will Make You Black...
In Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice, the sequel to Coffee Will Make You Black, April Sinclair sends her black, Chicago-raised heroine, Stevie, to college in the '70s and then to San Francisco, where she...