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Those Bones are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara


Those Bones are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara

In the early 1980s more than forty black children were murdered in Atlanta, their bodies found strangled, beaten and sexually assaulted. Toni Cade Bambara spent 12 years researching those events and the result is a novel of profound scope and impact. It focuses on a single black family whose son goes missing just as the abductions being to be reported. As the distraught parents search frantically for their child, the full spectrum of Atlanta's political, social and cultural life is revealed, illuminating the complex issues of race and class bedevilling the city.


'Puts the reader at the heart of the horror that came to be called the Atlanta child murders'
Toni Morrison

'Bambara gives us an indelible, intimate and moving portrait of an American family while at the same time producing a landmark work'

'Toni Cade Bambara's writing is so great it lifts you off the ground

New Statesman

About the Author

Toni Cade Bambara wrote two short story collections - Gorilla, My Love and The Sea Birds Are Still Alive; a novel, The Salt Eaters; and a collection of fiction, essays and conversations, Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions. She died in 1995.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st January 2002


Toni Cade Bambara

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The Women's Press Ltd


676 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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