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The Coldest Winter Ever: A Novel Paperback – September 20, 2005
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A USA TODAY Bestseller
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
“50 Most Impactful Black Books Of The Last 50 Years” —Essence
Renowned hip-hop artist, political activist, and bestselling author of Life After Death brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly unforgettable first novel.
I came busting into the world during one of New York's worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter. Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows her life in a direction she doesn't want to go, her street smarts and seductive skills are put to the test of a lifetime. Unwilling to lose, this ghetto girl will do anything to stay on top.
Featuring a Special Collector’s Edition Reader’s Guide—including an author Q&A, detailed character analyses, and the author’s own remarks about the meaning of her story.
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"The #1 author of the hip-hop generation."
-- Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
"Winter is nasty, spoiled, and almost unbelievably libidinous, and it's ample evidence of the author's talent that she is also deeply sympathetic."
-- The New Yorker
"Winter is precious, babacious, and as tough as a hollow-point bullet."
"[Souljah] spread[s] messages that are clear, concise, and true to the game."
-- The Source
"Intriguing....Souljah exhibits a raw and true voice."
-- Publishers Weekly
About the Author
- Publisher : Atria/Emily Bestler Books; Reprint edition (September 20, 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 074327010X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743270106
- Item Weight : 10.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book was trash. So many people have said this was a good book but I fail to see that. This book was so hard for me to read! Another reader described it as a trainwreck... I felt that. The only reason I kept reading is because I was waiting on it to get good, but it never did!!
The overuse of 'would of' instead of 'would've'... she used it correctly maybe twice then went back to 'would of.'
This was not a complete story... it was necessarily drawn out with insignificant details... the only character really developed was Winter, and even then, she was a rather crappy character. The story didn't flow, it was really choppy... and just truly didn't make any sense to me!!
I can say with every bit if certainty that I will not read another Sista Souljah book... guaranteed!
This novel is extremely gripping and educational at the same time. Sister Souljah shares so much wisdom. But if you're not wise, you'll miss it. She highlights that from slavery, Blacks were never meant to thrive in America.
I absolutely love how she introduced the sequel "Midnight" at the end. I can't wait to read that one next! That small snippet really just tied together the entire story, explaining how we were taken to America from Africa and robbed of our identities. They took away our religion, our language, our riches, our assets, our entire culture. We once were happy people who stuck together and loved one another. But after slavery and especially after crack hit our neighborhoods, we started killing one another and hating on one another, always trying to out-do the next person rather than building each other up.
Winter was immature, extremely materialistic and lost. Being seeing the cards life dealt her, you can't even get mad at her mindset. She was a product of her environment, as we all are.
My main takeaway point after reading this novel is knowledge of self is power. It's so crucial to know the background of your people, who you are at the crux of your soul. Only then can we as Blacks unite and regain the strength that was taken from our ancestors years ago.
Thank you so much, Sister Souljah, for this book. We, the Black community, needed this. It's our awakening time. I'm just mad at myself for not reading this sooner.
I read it about 10 or so years ago. But at the time some one asked me to give it a read.
I loved 💘 it then but didn't know there was books before this one. So here it is years and years later. My daughter reintroduced me to sister souljiah,so I went back and search out the books📚 in order. And reread all of them.
Oooo my I just could not stop 📖 reading these books back to back I purchased each one here on amazon kindle. I am a visionary,and in a lot of books that I read I love the visual of great writers such as this,💯👍 I love to travel and adventure in my mind in these books. This book allowed me to laugh and cry,love and be loved.💘💘 To open up to a better understanding in situations that are both fimilar and strange to my life.But ad I did I am sure many can & will related to a lot of things that takes placeand seems to come alive in this book pafe after page book after book this Sister taught and shared a world of the good and bad the ups and the down that can happen to anyone @ any time.I will make you think time over on life ideas and or decions made or not made in our lives.
Above all seek God first!
Educate yourself in any way possible throuh hands on or the minds ans luves of others accomplishments or major mistakes.💯🙋😉👍
Life is too short!
In all of your getting get a understanding.
ABless WORD,to live by!
Be ye encouraged...
I will continue to follow Sister Souljiah. I have since purchased them as starter gifts for my nieces who are in college who I think will enjoy and relate and learn and love reading.
Please continue to write my Sister.
Your books are amazing to say the lest.
A page after page turner...
I am a fan for life!
Keep them great books coming Sister Souljiah!
Jesus Christ Loves U All & So Do I.💘💘💘