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Daddy Was A Number Runner, Paperback / softback Book

Daddy Was A Number Runner Paperback / softback

Part of the Virago Modern Classics series

Paperback / softback

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With a Foreword by James Baldwin'Beautiful, timeless and relevant' Jacqueline Woodson'A most important novel' Paule Marshall'A considerable achievement' James BaldwinDepression-era Harlem is home for twelve-year-old Francie Coffin and her family, and it's both a place of refuge and of danger.

Her beloved father becomes a number runner when he is unable to find legal work, and while one of Francie's brothers dreams of becoming a chemist, the other is in a gang.

Francie, too, is a dreamer, but women in her neighbourhood have limited prospects, either selling their bodies on the streets, running poker games or having a baby every year.

There are risks in everything, from going to the movies to walking down the block.

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