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Conception

A Novel

Kalisha Buckhanon

St. Martin's Griffin

In the same vein as her critically acclaimed debut novel, Upstate, Kalisha Buckhanon again shares an emotionally beautiful story about today’s youth that magnifies the unforgettable power of hope and the human spirit.

Buckhanon takes us to Chicago, 1992, and into the life of fifteen-year-old Shivana Golding, who believes most Black women wind up the same: single and raising children alone, like her mother. Until the sudden visit of her charismatic and free-spirited Aunt Jewel, Shivana spends her days desperately struggling to understand life and confront the challenges she faces growing up in a tough environment. When she accidentally becomes pregnant by an older man and must decide what to do, she begins a journey toward adulthood with only a mysterious voice inside to guide her. Then, when she falls in love with Rasul, a teenager with problems of his own, together they fight to rise above their circumstances and move toward a more positive future.

Through a narrative that sweeps from slavery onward, Buckhanon unveils Shivana’s connection to a past filled with tragedy, courage, and wisdom.

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Praise for Conception

Praise for Conception:

"Buckhanon’s second novel firmly establishes her as a timeless voice for a new generation. An authenticity of language and action permeates the novel. The realities of poor Chicago life and Shivana’s desperation to escape lead to a sad, seemingly predestined conclusion, yet do not detract from the underlying foundations of love and hope. Teens who like Toni Morrison’s work, Buckhanon’s Upstate (St. Martin’s, 2005), and other realistic novels will enjoy this one." --School Library Journal

 

“The work of a gifted young novelist.” –Washington Post

 

“Readers…are richly rewarded.” –Chicago Sun Times

 

“A poignant, heart-wrenching novel.” –Kirkus Reviews

 

“…heartfelt and affecting.” –Booklist

 

"Much like her acclaimed debut novel, Upstate, Buckhanon is again at her best..."-Mosaic Literary Magazine

 

Praise for Upstate:

“A moving and uplifting story of love and hope in the face of adversity.” –Publisher’s Weekly

 

“Upstate starts out strong and never lets go.” –Chicago Tribune

 

“A realistic love story that's set against an urban backdrop as gritty as its characters are memorable.” –People

 

“A sensitive portrayal of young lovers that moves beyond gritty urban fiction.” –Essence

 

“Captures the faithfulness and tenacity of young love.” –Entertainment Weekly

 

“Packs a swift, head-clearing emotional punch.” –Elle Magazine

 

“Filled with tragedy, despair and hope.”—Toronto Sun

 

“A gripping narrative and a thoroughly good cry...truly original.” –London Standard

 

“A brilliantly raw debut novel.” –Uptown Magazine

 

“Wild and beautiful.” –Sapphire, author of PUSH

 

“A literary gem.” –E. Lynn Harris, author of What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Praise for Conception:

"Buckhanon’s second novel firmly establishes her as a timeless voice for a new generation. An authenticity of language and action permeates the novel. The realities of poor Chicago life and Shivana’s desperation to escape lead to a sad, seemingly predestined conclusion, yet do not detract from the underlying foundations of love and hope. Teens who like Toni Morrison’s work, Buckhanon’s Upstate (St. Martin’s, 2005), and other realistic novels will enjoy this one." --School Library Journal

 

“The work of a gifted young novelist.” –Washington Post

 

“Readers…are richly rewarded.” –Chicago Sun Times

 

“A poignant, heart-wrenching novel.” –Kirkus Reviews

 

“…heartfelt and affecting.” –Booklist

 

"Much like her acclaimed debut novel, Upstate, Buckhanon is again at her best..."-Mosaic Literary Magazine

 

Praise for Upstate:

“A moving and uplifting story of love and hope in the face of adversity.” –Publisher’s Weekly

 

“Upstate starts out strong and never lets go.” –Chicago Tribune

 

“A realistic love story that's set against an urban backdrop as gritty as its characters are memorable.” –People

 

“A sensitive portrayal of young lovers that moves beyond gritty urban fiction.” –Essence

 

“Captures the faithfulness and tenacity of young love.” –Entertainment Weekly

 

“Packs a swift, head-clearing emotional punch.” –Elle Magazine

 

“Filled with tragedy, despair and hope.”—Toronto Sun

 

“A gripping narrative and a thoroughly good cry...truly original.” –London Standard

 

“A brilliantly raw debut novel.” –Uptown Magazine

 

“Wild and beautiful.” –Sapphire, author of PUSH

 

“A literary gem.” –E. Lynn Harris, author of What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Reviews from Goodreads

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kalisha Buckhanon

  • KALISHA BUCKHANON's first novel Upstate won an American Library Association Alex Award and was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award in Debut Fiction.  Terry McMillan selected her to receive the first Terry McMillan Young Author Award in 2006. A recipient of a 2001 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship and an Andrew Mellon Fellow, Buckhanon frequently teaches writing and speaks throughout the country. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New School University in New York City, and both a B.A. and an M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She was born in 1977 in Kankakee, Illinois.
  • Kalisha Buckhanon
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