No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
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JJ Ferguson’s return to Pinewood, North Carolina—and his plans to build a huge mansion overlooking Pinewood and woo high high school sweetheart, Ava—not only unsettles their family but stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained forces everyone to consider the cards they’ve been dealt, what more they want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it. Can they reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead?
No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice: with echoes of The Great Gatsby, it is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. In evocative prose, Stephanie Powell Watts has crafted a full and stunning portrait that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.
Hardcover. Ecco Press, 2019. 384 pages