What the Fireflies Knew
Status: Forthcoming by Tiny Reparations Books (Feb 2022)

What the Fireflies Knew

Read an excerpt of WHAT THE FIREFLIES KNEW, published in the Black Girlhood issue of Kweli Journal, guest edited by Nicole Dennis-Benn.

Read the press release from Penguin Random House on the imprint (and my book!).

Watch the Kweli Journal anniversary celebration, featuring a reading from the novel.

Sometimes, what you don’t know can hurt you…

One night, in a run-down house on a dead-end street in Detroit, 10-year-old Kenyatta (“KB”) finds her father dead of a drug overdose. It’s the first big secret she learns, but not the last. After her Daddy’s death, KB finds herself stranded in Lansing, Michigan for a summer with a Granddaddy she doesn’t know. Trying to break through his tough exterior is almost as tough as reconnecting with her moody older sister. KB’s only hope of companionship comes in the form of two new best friends who are dealing with a family secret of their own—a racist mother who they try to shield KB from.

Luckily, KB’s focus is elsewhere. She wants two things most of all: first, find a way back home to Momma. Second, have the perfect family she’s always dreamed of. KB is willing to do whatever it takes to be a happy family again with her Momma and sister —even if it means fighting poverty and buried family secrets, all on her own. But when she decides to keep her own big secret for the first time, it may prove too much to handle, even for KB.