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by Dedra Johnson

  • Author: Dedra Johnson
  • ISBN: 0978843126
  • ISBN13: 978-0978843120
  • ePub: 1761 kb | FB2: 1537 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: United States
  • Publisher: Ig Publishing (November 1, 2007)
  • Pages: 212
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 377
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Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow ePub download

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Dedra Johnson teaches English at Dillard College in New Orleans

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dedra Johnson teaches English at Dillard College in New Orleans. Her short fiction has been published in Bridge Magazine and Product 9, and she is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Florida-Gainesville. Sandrine's Letters to Tomorrow, which is her first novel, was a finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition 2006.

ine to clean house, do chores and take care of her younger half sister, Yolanda. On top of the despair of her life at home, Sandrine must confront growing up against the harshness of life in 1970s-era New Orleans, where men in cars follow her home from school and she is ostracized because she is a light-skinned black girl.

Reading Dedra Johnson's Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow, I was fully in the presence of the mind, heart and soul of a richly rendered, fascinating fictional character. I knew I was also in the presence of the brillian voice and sensibility of a major new American writer

Reading Dedra Johnson's Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow, I was fully in the presence of the mind, heart and soul of a richly rendered, fascinating fictional character. I knew I was also in the presence of the brillian voice and sensibility of a major new American writer. This is an important novel by a true artist. -Robert Olen Butler"Dedra Johnson has caught something wonderful in Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow.

Sandrine, age 11, doesn’t fit in at her Catholic school: too light-skinned to be black, she’s too black to be white. Her father, a doctor, has more or less abandoned her to her mother, Shirleen, who treats Sandrine as a full-time, unpaid maid. Sandrine nevertheless earns all As and would be on the Alpha honor role, not the Beta, if the A-list weren’t boys-only. She desperately anticipates summer in the country with her grandmother, Mamalita, who introduces her to the pleasant side of domesticity: making pomegranate jam and snapping beans on the front porch.

Reading Dedra Johnson's Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow, I was fully in the presence of the mind, heart and soul of a. . -Robert Olen Butler "Dedra Johnson has caught something wonderful in Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow. She writes brilliantly about childhood, New Orleans, the intricacies of a vexed family life.

Dedra Johnson has caught something wonderful in Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow. Sandrine is a remarkable debut novel that will catch your heart. -Frederick Barthelme. Despite being a straight-A student and voracious reader, eight-year old Sandrine Miller is treated as little more than a servant by her mother, who forces Sandrine to clean house, do chores and take care of her younger half sister, Yolanda.

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"Reading Dedra Johnson's Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow, I was fully in the presence of the mind, heart and soul of a richly rendered, fascinating fictional character. I knew I was also in the presence of the brillian voice and sensibility of a major new American writer. This is an important novel by a true artist."--Robert Olen Butler

"Dedra Johnson has caught something wonderful in Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow. She writes brilliantly about childhood, New Orleans, the intricacies of a vexed family life. Sandrine is a remarkable debut novel that will catch your heart."--Frederick Barthelme

Despite being a straight-A student and voracious reader, eight-year old Sandrine Miller is treated as little more than a servant by her mother, who forces Sandrine to clean house, do chores and take care of her younger half sister, Yolanda. On top of the despair of her life at home, Sandrine must confront growing up against the harshness of life in 1970s-era New Orleans, where men in cars follow her home from school and she is ostracized because she is a light-skinned black girl. The only refuge Sandrine has against her bleak world is spending summers with her beloved grandmother, Mamalita. After Mamalita’s death, Sandrine realizes that she must escape from her mother, from New Orleans, from everything she has known, if she is to have any kind of future. In the tradition of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Alice Walker's The Color Purple, Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow is a brilliant debut from an important new African-American voice in literary fiction.

A native and current resident of New Orleans, Dedra Johnson received her MFA from the University of Florida, where she was a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow was a runner-up for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award in 2006.

Memuro
This brave, tart and wrenching novel is equally funny and harrowing, frequently at the same time, and moves with smooth fluidity from scenes of brutal suffering to moments of heart-catching beauty. A lovely debut, it tells the story of a young girl, Sandrine Miller, whose sharp intelligence and reluctant compassion are tried and tested by the adults around her, who range from her preoccupied and largely absent father to her grotesque stepmother, her sadistic grandmother, her teachers (who are alternately cruel, clueless, and kind) and above all her warped, stunted mother. Indeed, aside from the author's remarkable creation of Sandrine herself, the portrait of her mother Shirleen is one of the book's greatest achievements. The character is amazingly nuanced, losing nothing of her hatefulness even while we see her as a near-tragic victim herself.

This is territory that's clearly been mined before, as others have noted ("I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" and "The Bluest Eye" come immediately to mind) but Ms. Johnson's work stands up beautifully even by comparison to those classics. It's simply wonderful. Make every effort to track down this remarkable book and read it!
Mojar
Ok...I chose this book for my independent creative writing study for my BA degree. I really was not wanting to read anything and was putting this off. As I began reading I was a bit bored at first. (I think I was just anxious to get the process over with.) I tried to skim through the book so that I could get the to the point and write my response...HOWEVER, each time I TRIED to skim ahead I got to a heart-wrenching part which caused me to back-up and see what lead to those circumstances! Needless to say I not only ended up reading the entire novel - I read it in less than a day!

Dedra Johnson's character of Sandrine Rogers is not only PROFOUND but is in NO WAY fictitious! Sandrine is the girl I went to school with, a girl I ate lunch with, was my cousin, once my best friend, and in some ways was ME! It is definitely a heart-wrenching tale of neglect, rejection, abuse, acceptance, and love.

I'm suprised its not the topic of many book clubs! I just hope Johnson writes another great novel!
SARAND
DARK, SOMETIMES VERY FUNNY, HEARTBREAKING, EVOKES SERIOUS EMOTIONS.
Vizuru
A great first novel about a child in New Orleans. The culture and city come through in this interesting story of growth and resilience.
Vosho
This book takes place over the course of a year or so; and is a harsh, uncompromising view of growing up in New Orleans as a light-skinned black girl, not accepted by her family or her peers, harassed by men on the street, and unwanted, abused, and lied to by her mother and her mother's family. Sandrine is a bright and motivated child, but there's little she can do to please her mother or earn her love - she apparently only notices Sandrine to criticise her and put her to work, and Sandrine learns early that if she wants to remain safe on the streets of 1970's New Orleans, she has to devise ways to defend herself. Her life is anything but ideal.

Her only refuge is summers with her father's mother, Mamalita; but these are abruptly taken from her when one summer her father remarries, and instead of going to spend the summer with her father and Mamalita, she ends up slaving for her new stepmother and watching out for her younger stepsister, Yolanda. What nobody bothers to tell her, including her distant doctor father, is that Mamalita is sick, and in no shape to have her visit - although given how self-sufficient Sandrine is, if anybody had bothered to mention this to either Sandrine or her Mamalita, I suspect that would have been no barrier to visiting. We learn why Sandrine's lost her only refuge when she does - long after she's given up hope and run away back to New Orleans for the remainder of the summer - when Mamalita dies. Then to make matters worse, her new stepmother sends her new stepsister Yolanda to New Orleans on the bus; and it's obvious very quickly that Sandrine's mother prefers the far-more-disobedient Yolanda to her own daughter. Now Sandrine's left with a bleak existence; left to care for Yolanda, who despite being only a year younger is far less self-sufficient; and with no hope of a way out any more. Unsurprisingly, she starts to rebel.

This is a beautifully written book, but emotionally draining. The setting is a very bleak one; her one friend suffers a fate that could easily have been Sandrine's own, but effectively abandons Sandrine to her own devices in the process. Sandrine however maintains a core of courage and strength through a litany of horrible situations and dawning revelations about herself, her mother, and her life, peaking when she realises that, if she wants to get out of her situation and of New Orleans, then she's just going to have to do it herself.

Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow is enthralling, and despite the horrific events, manages to impart some good lessons: decide for yourself what you are worth; rely on yourself, but don't lock yourself away from trusting other people; the world can be what you make of it.

It's also one of the most disturbingly racist books I've read in years. Many of Sandrine's problems stem from the fact that she is black, but could 'pass' for white if she chose to - and that everyone (including her mother) then assumes she chooses to, when in fact all she wants is to be allowed to be who and what she is and not be ostracised for it. This part is explicit in the text. More subtle, and therefore more disturbing, is an underlying 'white people are bad' theme, which Sandrine herself - despite mentioning that all she knows of white people is what she's seen on a television she's rarely allowed to watch - subscribes to. One wonders how, with such an attitude so prevalent and unnoticed, our world will ever cease to judge people by the colour of their skin.
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