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Kalisha Buckhanon

St. Martin Press

175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010

ISBN 0312332688 $19.95 247 pages

Rarely has it been that I have read such a powerful novel that has the capabilities to transcend across generations, but Upstate (St. Martin's Press) by Kalisha Buckhanon does just that. A beautiful story about love, lose and lessons learned is told through the eyes of Natasha and Antonio, two inner city adolescents.

Based on written correspondence between the two main characters, Natasha a high school student and her sweetheart Antonio, who is serving time in prison, Upstate is a moving work of art that can be appreciated by all readers. Buckhanon impresses us with her usage of language and creativity while giving the reader a glimpse into the lives of these urban teens as they transition from adolescence into adulthood. A modern Romeo and Juliet, Upstate offers a fresh and honest perspective on young love in 2005.

Kalisha Buckhanon is a recipient of awards and fellowships from the NAACP, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois Young Authors Commission and the Chicago Black Writers Conference. She holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English language and literature from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in New York. For more information on this author visit
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Author:Yazeed, Carey
Publication:Reviewer's Bookwatch
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Date:Apr 1, 2005
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