At first glance, Geniece’s story sounds like that of a typical young woman: she goes to college, has romantic entanglements, builds meaningful friendships, and juggles her schedule with a part-time job. However, she does all of these things in 1960s San Francisco while becoming a militant member of the Black Panther movement. When Huey Newton is jailed in October 1967 and the Panthers explode nationwide, Geniece enters the organization’s dark and dangerous world of guns, FBI agents, freewheeling sex, police repression, and fatal shoot-outs—all while balancing her other life as a college student.
\r\nA moving tale of one young woman’s life spinning out of the typical and into the extraordinary during one of the most politically and racially charged eras in America, Virgin Soul will resonate with readers of Monica Ali and Ntozake Shange.
Hey peeps! Giveaway time! Penguin USA has generously offered up three copies of Virgin Soul by Judy Juanita to winners in the US! Judy Juanita is lauded as a fine poet and her plays have been produced in New York City, as well as the Bay Area of California.
Advanced praise for Virgin Soul:
“Juanita’s prose immediately immerses the reader in the time and place of its lead character. . . [who] progresses from middle-class “good girl” to member of the Black Panthers, witnessing and experiencing the poverty, violence, excesses and rhetoric of the time, a transition handled by Juanita with assured matter-of-factness . . . The unique perspective she offers on a volatile period of American history gives the narrative immediacy and authenticity.” —Publishers Weekly
“An entertaining story of a young woman’s experience with one of the most radical counterculture organizations in America’s history.” —Tess Duncan, Bust Magazine
“An intriguing look at coming-of-age in the 1960s. —Eve Gaus, Booklist
“Virgin Soul is first class awesome, every page a crackling hungry flame. This novel about a young studious woman immersed in the black revolutionary experience of 60’s Berkeley has a freshness and bright ardor that is rare in this lazy climate of American fiction.” —Joy Williams, author of State of Grace
- This is a US-only giveaway, sorry international peeps!
- No PO boxes, the winner must have a physical street address
- You must be 13 years or older to enter
- Winner has 48 hours to respond to email or they forfeit their prize
- The winner will be announced on this post after the giveaway ends