Something Like Beautiful

Something Like Beautiful : One Single Mother's Story

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"asha bandele has a poignant story to share in Something Like Beautiful. It is the love that comes through that makes this such a compelling tale."
--Nikki Giovanni Award-winning journalist, and author of The Prisoner's Wife and Daughter, and performance poet featured on HBO'S Def Poetry Jam, asha bandele once again writes from the heart in her lyrical and intimate memoir Something Like Beautiful--a moving story of love, loss, motherhood, and survival. Sharing the story of her struggles as a single black mother in New York City and her tragically self-destructive near-breakdown, asha bears her soul in a book Rebecca Walker, author of Baby Love, calls "courageous, profound, and achingly beautiful."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061710393
  • 9780061710391
  • 1,510,144

Review quote

Praise for THE PRISONER S WIFE: The Prisoner s Wife echoes Edwidge Danticat s Farming of the Bones in the urgency in which it reminds us of the possibility of love even amidst the ruins. This is a terrifying, heart-breaking and, ultimately, important book. --Junot Diaz"
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Back cover copy

When asha bandele fell in love with a prisoner serving a twenty-to-life sentence and became pregnant with his daughter, she had reason to hope they would live together as a family. But soon after Nisa was born, asha's dreams were shattered. Her husband, Rashid, was denied parole and told he'd be deported to his native Guyana once released. Suddenly a statistic--a black single mother in New York City--asha kept it together on the outside while falling apart on the inside. Despite having a great job at a high-profile magazine and a beautiful daughter whom she adored, asha began drinking and smoking and stumbled into a relationship that opened new wounds--descending into depression when her life should have been filled with love and joy.

A lyrical, astonishingly honest memoir, Something Like Beautiful is not only asha's story but also the story of thousands of women who struggle daily with little help and much against them.
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155 ratings
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