Why this book?
This is the first book I bought as an adult. It’s my all-time favorite urban fiction novel. And it’s one of the reasons I started writing. I loved the first-person narrative. Souljah’s writing puts the reader in Winter’s shoes from the very start. I could feel everything the teen protagonist was going through. Readers are placed in the middle of the action. My favorite character in the story was a mysterious figure named Midnight. He is a brave but humble lieutenant to a prominent underworld businessman. Souljah eventually wrote a book inspired by this character. The Coldest Winter Ever is full of twists and turns and getting out of jams right to the end. It’s still a pop culture classic in Black crime and urban-inspired novels.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
In a stunning first novel, renowned hip-hop artist, writer and activist Sister Souljah brings the streets of New York to life with a powerful and utterly unforgettable tale. Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, business minded and fashionable, Winter knows no restrictions. No one can control her. She's nobody's victim. Winter knows the Brooklyn streets like she knows the curves of her own body. She manoeuvres skilfully, applying all she has learned to come out on top, no matter how dramatically the scenes change. But a cold winter wind is about…