JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his
dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he
reenters his former world, where factories are in decline and the legacy
of Jim Crow is still felt, he’s startled to find that the people he
once knew and loved have changed just as much as he has. Ava is now
married and desperate for a baby, though she can’t seem to carry one to
term. Her husband, Henry, has grown distant, frustrated by the demise of
the furniture industry, which has outsourced to China and stripped the
area of jobs. Ava’s mother, Sylvia, caters to and meddles with the lives
of those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son.
And Don, Sylvia’s unworthy but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging
JJ’s return - and his plans to build a huge mansion
overlooking Pinewood and woo Ava - not only unsettles their family, but
stirs up the entire town. The ostentatious wealth that JJ has attained
forces everyone to consider the cards they’ve been dealt, what more they
want and deserve, and how they might go about getting it. Can they
reorient their lives to align with their wishes rather than their
current realities? Or are they all already resigned to the rhythms of
the particular lives they lead?
No One Is Coming to Save Us is a
revelatory debut from an insightful voice: with echoes of The Great
Gatsby it is an arresting and powerful novel about an extended African
American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. In
evocative prose, Stephanie Powell Watts has crafted a full and stunning
portrait that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate
glimpse into the hearts of one family.
Author: Watts, Stephanie Powell
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