Eisa Nefertari Ulen teaches English at
Hunter College in New York City, and her essays have been widely
anthologized. Nominated by Essence magazine for a National
Association of Black Journalists Award, she has contributed to
numerous other publications, including The Washington Post, Ms.,
Health, and CreativeNonfiction.org.
Hardcover: 224 pages
About the Book
With her well-employed fianc' and a comfortable life in New York City, Crystelle has a life most young professionals would envy. She has come a long way from the rough Philadelphia neighborhood where she grew up. But she hasn't left the past behind her. A ghost from her West Philly days continues to haunt her -- the spirit of her high school sweetheart Jimmie, who she watched get gunned down one unforgettable night years ago. Emotionally distraught from her unsettling memories and the suspicion she may be pregnant, Crystelle goes back to her old neighborhood to reconnect with friends and family. There, with the help of Jimmie's mother, a woman who Crystelle loves like family -- and who makes a prison visit to the young man who murdered her son -- Crystelle can finally come to grips with her past, realizing the power of forgiveness and the need to move on.
A profound and intense story with deeply resonant depictions of urban African American life, Crystelle Mourning is a triumphant, lyrical beginning to a bright new talent in fiction.
Eisa is anthologized in Step into a World with many other talented writers
into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature
Kevin Powell (Editor)
From across the globe, here is a historic gathering of some
hundred of the greatest black writers of this era. Bringing
together emerging literary talent along with established and
award-winning writers like Booker Prize'winner Ben Okri,
Beatty, Joan Morgan, Sarah Jones, and Hilton Als, Step into
a World is a provocative anthology that offers a window into
crucial issues of post'Civil Rights and post colonial black