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Last Summer on State Street

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.


As their beloved neighborhood falls down around them, so too do their friendships and the structures of the four girls’ families. Fe Fe must make the painful decision of whom she can trust and whom she must let go. Decades later, as she remembers that fateful summer—just before her home was demolished, her life uprooted, and community forever changed—Fe Fe tries to make sense of the grief and fraught bonds that still haunt her and attempts to reclaim the love that never left.

Last Summer on State Street

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  • ISBN: 9780063209749
    ISBN 10: 0063209748
    Imprint: William Morrow
    On Sale: June 14, 2022

    Pages: 224 pages


    BISAC1: FICTION: African American & Black / Women

    BISAC2: FICTION: Own Voices

    BISAC3: FICTION: Coming of Age

    BISAC4: FICTION: Family Life / General


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