The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie
At one time a wild young girl and a brilliant artist, Ava Delaney changes dramatically after a violent event that rocks her entire family. Once loved and respected in their community and in their church, they are ostracized by their neighbors, led by their church leader, and a seventeen-year feud between the Delaneys and the church ensues. Ava and her family are displaced from the community even as they continue to live within it, trapped inside their creaky, shadowy old house.
When a mysterious woman arrives unexpectedly for a visit, her presence stirs up the past and ghosts and other restless things begin to emerge. And something is reignited in Ava: the indifferent woman she has become begins to give way to the wild girl, and the passionate artist, she used to be. But not without a struggle that threatens her well-being and, ultimately, her life.
Mia McKenzie is a winner of the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award. She describes herself as “a black feminist and a freaking queer.” Her work has been recommended by The Root, Colorlines, Feministing, Angry Asian Man, and Crunk Feminist Collective, among others. She is the creator of the blog BlackGirlDangerous.org.
- Black lesbian main character
- Black gay supporting character
- Lambda Literary Award
Where to Find
- Published November 19th 2012 by Black Girl Dangerous Press
- Paperback ISBN13: 9780988628601