Into the Go-Slow
Into the Go-Slow
Bridgett M. Davis
A novel about sisters, the legacy of the Black Power Movement, and the troubled bond between African Americans and Africans.
Into the Go Slow is a novel about a family in Detroit in the aftermath of the Black Power Movement. Angie, the youngest daughter, travels from 1980s Detroit to Lagos, Nigeria after her estranged older sister Ella mysteriously dies there. It is on this transatlantic journey that Angie discovers not only who her sister really was, but ultimately, herself.
"Bridgett M. Davis has created a beautiful allegory at the heart of a realist novel—an allegory of love, family, expansion, hope, and transformation—all of it worked out compassionately and with integrity in the only country that offers both allegory and realism—Nigeria. A strong book." —Chris Abani, author of The Secret History of Las Vegas
"Davis's novel asks the big questions reverberating through the African-American community in the wake of the 1980s: Who are we now? What is Africa to us? Homeland or fantasy? You'd think the magnitude of the subject matter would eclipse the story-telling, but you'd be wrong. Into the Go-Slow is a page turner, and never loses sight of its daring protagonist, a young woman on the cusp of adulthood, searching for the legacy of the sister she has lost to era of change." —Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie
"At its core, Into the Go-Slow is a love story—romantic love, love of family, love of culture, love of self. This novel shows how we live when we dare to face our fear and lay bare our hurts. Angie is an unforgettable heroine who will steal your heart and break it, too. Bridgett M. Davis is a brilliant writer, a soulful artist, and a true citizen of the world." —Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow
"Into the Go-Slow spans continents and years, and traces the lives of sisters linked by loss and discovery. Bridgett Davis vividly renders the troubled, idealistic 1970s and the what's-left-to-dream-about 1980s, offering a powerful narrative driven by the all-too-human bafflement about how to resolve what could have been with what is." —Farai Chideya, host of One with Farai on Public Radio International
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