Even-keeled assessment of the Black experience
Tartt Fiction Award Co-winner! With aplomb and humor and steady eye, this collection looks at the Black experience in Oakland, from the founding of the Black Panthers to present day.
“Provocative and insightful, these stories set Oakland, California, look at black experience through a lens that surprises with both its innocence and its sass. Engaging and enjoyable.” —Anthony Grooms
“Sharp, smart, warm, surprising" —Joy Williams
“Judy Juanita's stories are wonderfully weird, hilarious, heart-breaking and full of vital, pulsing life. THE HIGH PRICE OF FREEWAYS is the kind of book that strikes
a gong in your consciousness and leaves you dazed with unforgettable scenes and details circling your head like stars.” —Dan Choan
Fiction. African & African American Studies.
Judy Juanita is the writer of multiple books, including THE HIGH PRICE OF FREEWAYS. Her book Manhattan My Ass, You're In Oakland, a collection of poetry, won the Before Columbus Foundation's 2021 American Book Award. Her semi-autobiographical novel, Virgin Soul, chronicled a black female in the 60s who joins the Black Panther Party (Viking, 2013). Her DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland examines the intersectionality of race, gender and spirituality experienced by a black activist and "feminist foot soldier."