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Sap Rising

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In this spare and mesmerizing debut, Christine Lincoln takes us inside the hearts and minds of African Americans whose lives unfold against a vividly evoked rural community. As they navigate between old and new, between youth and responsibility, they find themselves choosing between the comforts of what they trust without question and the fearsome excitements of what they ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Sarah Contos
Phenomenal. I don't know why it took me over a decade to read this collection of beautiful stories. I had assumed that not being African American would prevent me from relating in such a powerful way. Christine has a way of making her characters feel familiar to me, incarnations of someone I've been or am yet to be. Her characters, in the brief time allotted them (I so want to know more about them!), open themselves up for introduction to strangers, to educate, to inspire, to move. I think the q ...more
Mocha Girl
Christine Lincolns debut novel, Sap Rising, is rooted in the mystical, rural Grandville where the tales of its townspeople are captured in 12 intertwining short stories. The sagas are told from varying viewpoints: fathers, grandmothers, young boys, nosey neighbors, teenaged girls, etc. and are rooted in themes of self-discovery, escapism, and hope.
All of the stories are symbolic and appealing, but a few that really struck this reviewer were the title story, Sap Rising and A Very Close Conspiracy
I have to confess, I barely knew what this book was about when I picked it up. I did, however, know enough about the author to have had this book loitering around my reading list for years. Christine Lincoln was born and raised in inner city Baltimore, and graduated from Washington College in Maryland at the age of 34. For those of you not familiar with the area, here's what this means: Christine Lincoln is black, and grew up poor, and then she did some serious bootstrap-pulling, enrolled in a l ...more
Izetta Autumn
The reviews for this book of short stories were quite promising. It was a Christmas gift to which I looked forward to reading. But I found the writing juvenile. But the jury is still out - I think I am going to re-read it and give it another chance. To be continued...
This author won my college's most prestiguous writing award a few years before I attended, so naturally, I delved through her book. Her writing transcends the mundane and gives true voice to these oft-overlooked characters. Deeply moving.
With each story she brings to life such remarkable characters while capturing truth and reality in her work.
Great short stories with curious endings.
Good read! Marvelous writer!
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