Those Bones Are Not My Child
Toni Cade Bambara
‘A magnum opus… Puts the reader at the heart of the horror that came to be called the Atlanta child murders’ Toni Morrison
Zala Spencer is barely surviving on the margins of Atlanta’s booming economy when she awakens one summer’s morning in 1980 to find her teenage son, Sonny, has disappeared. As uneasy hours turn into desperate days, Zala realizes that Sonny is among the many cases of missing children beginning to attract national attention. Growing increasingly disillusioned with the authorities, who respond to Sonny’s disappearance with cold indifference, Zala and her estranged husband embark on an epic search. Through the eyes of a family seized by anguish and terror, we watch a city roiling with political, racial, and class tensions.
Written over a span of twelve years, and edited by Toni Morrison, who called Those Bones Are Not My Child the author’s magnum opus, Toni Cade Bambara’s last novel leaves us with an enduring and revelatory chronicle of an American nightmare.
A magnum opus... Puts the reader at the heart of the horror that came to be called the Atlanta child murders -- Toni Morrison These Bones Are Not My Child isn't just a gripping thriller; it's a masterwork of American literature * Harper's Bazaar * A woolly mammoth of a novel, truly worthy of being called an epic, a book with great big feet that sometimes take ponderous steps but that always hit the ground with the sound of thunder * Chicago Tribune * Riveting... A carefully crafted mystery [that is] difficult to put down * Boston Globe * Toni Cade Bambara's writing is so great it lifts you off the ground * New Statesman *
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