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Book title: LAST SUMMER ON STATE STREET, a novel 

Publisher: William Morrow Pub Date: June 14, 2022

224 pages/Hardcover/ISBN13: 9780063209749/$27.99

eBook ISBN: 9780063209756/$14.99/Digital Audio: ISGN 978006209770/$20.99


Synopsis: In this stunning debut novel, inspired by the author's own lived experience, Toya Wolfe pulls back the curtain on life inside the projects, portraying with absolute authenticity what it's like to grow up in a world where gang violence, stray bullets, and predators are a part of one's fabric. Yet the story is filled with joy and buoyancy--a beautiful reminder of childhood innocence and the power of community and family. Profound, reverent, and uplifting, Last Summer on State Street explores the impact of racist institutions, redlining, gentrification, the power of owning one's past, and those defining relationships which form the heartbeat of our lives. 


About the Author: Toya Wolfe grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes on Chicago's South Side. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her writing has appeared in African Voices, Chicago Journal, Chicago Reader, Hair Trigger 27, and WarpLand. She is the recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston-Bessie Head Fiction Award, the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Short Story Competition, and the Betty Shiflett/John Schultz Short Story Award. She currently resides in Chicago. Last Summer on State Street is her debut novel. 


Media contacts: Sheryl Johnston, Author Publicist, sheryljohnston@aol.com, 773-472-2254 

                                Alison Hinchcliffe, Alison.Hinchcliffe@harpercollins.com



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