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Tue, Jun 14


Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery

Debut Book Launch: “Last Summer on State Street”


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Debut Book Launch: “Last Summer on State Street”
Debut Book Launch: “Last Summer on State Street”

Time & Location

Jun 14, 2022, 7:00 PM

Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery , 1714 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA

About the event

Join author Toya Wolfe along with Natalie Moore of WBEZ for an enthralling conversation about Toya’s debut novel! RSVP at

For fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Brit Bennett, a striking coming-of-age debut about friendship, community, and resilience, set in the housing projects of Chicago during one life-changing summer.

"Toya Wolfe is a storyteller of the highest order. Last Summer on State Street is a stunning debut."—Rebecca Makkai, New York Times bestselling author of The Great Believers

Even when we lose it all, we find the strength to rebuild.

Felicia “Fe Fe” Stevens is living with her vigilantly loving mother and older teenaged brother, whom she adores, in building 4950 of Chicago’s Robert Taylor Homes. It’s the summer of 1999, and her high-rise is next in line to be torn down by the Chicago Housing Authority. She, with the devout Precious Brown and Stacia Buchanan, daughter of a Gangster Disciple Queen-Pin, form a tentative trio and, for a brief moment, carve out for themselves a simple life of Double Dutch and innocence. But when Fe Fe welcomes a mysterious new friend, Tonya, into their fold, the dynamics shift, upending the lives of all four girls.

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