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"Conception" by Kalisha Buckhanon

TITLE: Conception

PUBLISHED DATE: January 8, 2008

ISBN: 978-0312545147

PAGES: 288

I ate this up. Drank it in...inhaled then held it in and let it dissolve into me. What a gorgeous book that shows the rawness and grittiness of the streets with a "gingerness" and linguistic beauty.

The story begins with the voice of the unborn longing for conception in the wombs of young African American women throughout history. This unborn finds a home in the womb of 15 year old Shivana. Quiet, perceptive, brilliant, but no one can see it. This unborn is now the product of this young tender, insecure girl who is physically overdeveloped, and a drug dealing married leech named Leroy.

This book is a marvelous work of fiction, and one that I'm sure will be staying with me for a long time.

Recommendation: READ IT!!!! Stop everything, and read it. I read it in less than a day.

Audience: Young Adults and up

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