sister souljahSister Souljah:
A Midnight Love Story

The Urban Book Source
December 2008



The Urban Fiction circuit has been waiting nine long years for Sister Souljah's follow up to her ground-breaking Coldest Winter Ever, and finally we have it! Midnight: A Gangster Love Story debuted at number 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list last month and has only picked up momentum since then. Although Souljah insists that Midnight is not a sequel to the widely popular Coldest Winter Ever, which is in its 20th printing with over one million copies in circulation, it is told from the point of view of a supporting character from her 1999 release, Midnight, a drug dealer who captured the teenage-heart of Winter Santiago.

sister souljah booksAlthough little is divulged about Midnight in Coldest Winter Ever, it his ambiguity that intrigued readers and also what convinced Souljah to tell his story. Realizing that writing in a male's voice would be a challenge Souljah jumped at the chance. It would take her over six years to complete this tale of a young Sudanese boy who fled his country, leaving behind a fortune, to only wind up in the cold streets of New York living a didactic life: drug dealer and street runner in public and a devout Muslim and family man in private. Readers are bound to fall deeper in love with Midnight as well as Souljah's incredible talent; although some might be briefly disappointed as there isn't a cameo by Winter. While this one does end without closure, it has been said that readers will not have to wait an agonizing decade to find out what happened at the end of this story.

Sister Souljah is credited as one of the pioneers of street fiction and for single-handily opening the eyes of major publishing houses to the still burgeoning genre of street literature. The reclusive Souljah has definitely reminded the industry of her presence with Midnight. However, Souljah a.k.a. Lisa Williamson was not always the best selling author she is now.Before becoming a writer, she was a self-proclaimed "raptivist," who once made headlines during '92 after the Los Angeles riots for making what some called racially inappropriate comments.

("I mean, if black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people? . . . black people were dying every day in Los Angeles under gang violence. So if you're a gang member and you would normally be killing somebody, why not kill a white person?") After that Souljah went on to become the founder and overseer of many social programs which benefit inner-city youth such as the African Youth Survival Camp and was also the head of Bad Boy Entertainment's Daddy's House Social Programs Inc.

For more information visit: www.sistersouljah.com


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Syifa :
Posted 858 days ago
I feel for Mr. Tregillis. As an aspiring auhotr with just a few short stories published, just reading this was disheartening. Ian is a very talented individual, and if he has this many up and downs in the publishing proceeds, it doesn't bode well for someone like me.I have been pouring my heart and soul into an epic fantasy manuscript over the last few years. Writing the type of novel I would want to read, which is far from mainstream. To read of the trials and tribulations Mr. Tregillis has gone though over the last few years, is depressing, to say the least. You would think just getting it down on paper the way you want would be the hardest part. But it seems to be just one hurtle on a long road ahead.
LilI :
Posted 1705 days ago
I think what would be great is if she made the acually SEQUEL to the coldest winter ever. i didnt like how it ends. we dont know what happened to anyone. all this book talks about is midnight -_-
AMAREEH :
Posted 3070 days ago
I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED.
3 Chicks On lit :
Posted 3075 days ago
Loved the book even though I was afraid I wouldn't. Glad i took the chance it was great. Check out the interview with Sister Souljah at www.blogtalkradio.com/chicksonlit and let us know what you think.
Avid Reader :
Posted 3090 days ago
I am just starting this book and so far I'm loving it! I would love to see more work from Sister Souljah! In my opinion, she has true talent and I absolutely give her props!
Black :
Posted 3091 days ago
Read this book, it for sure wasn't a sequel. It was ok though. I thought it could been better, Coldest Winter Ever was much better.
I Get Money :
Posted 3091 days ago
Why does everybody keep saying this book is a sequel? The book is NOT a sequel.
@Valerie Holmes: I'm actually surprised it has only been to print 20 times, I would have thought it was more. Much more.
Valerie Hollmes :
Posted 3091 days ago
This book has been send to print 20 times?
 



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