|Author:||Tonya Cherie Hegamin|
There are two constants in Opal’s life: her dad’s grungy green baseball cap, and her troubled pal, Marianne, whom Opal loves as a best friend . . . and even more. But nothing stays the same forever. When Opal receives the horrifying news that Marianne is dead, she suddenly must live her life and make decisions based on the needs of one person instead of two. Only with the help of her family and the story of Hannah, a runaway slave, can Opal begin to free herself from the weight of her memories, her ghosts, and her own truth.
Tonya Cherie Hegamin has been a social worker, an educator, a vintage clothing vendor, a vegan soul food caterer, and the program director of a retreat called Soul Mountain. Tonya is a graduate of Vace Canem, an intensive program for African American poets, and is an alumna of Hedgebrook, a retreat for Women Writers. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School University. Ms. Hegamin is a native of Pennsylvania. This is her first novel.