The Coldest Winter Ever

By Sister Souljah,

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Book description

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…

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3 authors picked The Coldest Winter Ever as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Another great read of my teens that had me looking for real versions of the people described in this book, aka I wished I lived in this book!

It was like an action-packed movie; all the details of the story came to life in my head at the time I read it. Books like this one made me wish I could tell stories like this.

What can you say about a 90s hip hop influenced urban set novel that begins in the protagonist’s voice: “I came busting out of my mama’s coochie on December . . .” nothing except I was all in from line 1!

Sister Souljah takes you on the can’t look away though you want to, self-destructive journey of ghetto princess Winter Santiago and shows the cost of a violent, nihilistic, contemporary worldview and economic inequity. Good drama, great pacing, heavyweight implications, and a convincing contemporary vernacular narrative voice make this one a must-read.

Souljah’s novel reaffirmed what other great voice novels…

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…

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