A poignant, powerful debut that combines the deep emotion of The House on Mango Street with uniquely creative storytelling.
Unfolding in a series of tiny vignettes, A Little Piece of Sky introduces an endearing new novelist and a truly unforgettable main character. In the first few chapters we meet a little girl named Song Byrd, who keenly reports on the world around her. She is African American (in a mostly Hispanic neighborhood), unwanted (conceived during an adulterous affair), and poor in the material sense but extraordinarily rich in spirit.
In piercingly insightful prose, Nicole Bailey-Williams takes readers on Song’s journey through life as she struggles against outsider status and intense guilt over her mother’s murder. Behind it all, places of pure joy, “dreaming the hurt away,” and glorious little pieces of sky shine through. Song’s tales--and Bailey-Williams’s narrative gift--are truly words to treasure.
About the Author
NICOLE BAILEY-WILLIAMS is a high school English teacher and has written reviews for Black Issues Book Review, and Publishers Weekly. She is the cohost of "The Literary Review," a book review show that airs on WDAS radio in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. A graduate of Hampton University, she received a Master's degree from Temple University. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband.
Praise for A Little Piece of Sky…
"Searingly beautiful. Mrs. Bailey-Williams' impressive debut is nuanced, stark, and astonishing."
-Diane McKinney-Whetstone, author of Blues Dancing
"Crisp, clean, and clear narration. Nicole Bailey-Williams has got what it takes, and you've got to read it."
-Omar Tyree, author of For the Love of Money
"In a word, captivating. I found myself instantly drawn into Song's world, a place filled with emotion, struggle, and eventual triumph. We can only hope to see more page-turning works by this vibrant new voice on the literary scene." -Patricia Haley, author of Nobody's Perfect
"A powerful voice that moves smoothly between narrative and poignant drama. Her clear and fresh voice reads like poetry." -William July II, author of Understanding the Tin Man