From the depths of Oakland's rocky soil, fertile ground once rich with soul and prowled by Panthers, comes this defiant mantra of rhyme and reason. In the interconnected stories comprising WE GREW HERE, one journeys through the deep-rooted, diverse communities of this colorful Bayside city of trendsetters and go-getters. Amid the timely battle for The Town's future, transplants and locals collide for a prime space to call home. The cunning guides on this adventure-from-the-headlines are childhood friends, and Oakland Greeks, Pete and Alex—hustling in pursuit of the artist's life. Rife with vibrant prose and dialogue true to the mystique of "Oakland cool," WE GREW HERE is a commanding novel-in-stories from hometown author, Apollo Papafrangou.
Fiction. California Interest.
Hailing from Oakland, CA, Apollo Papafrangou is the author of the acclaimed debut novel Wings of Wax (Olive Leaf Editions, 2016). He has also written for HBO Films, which optioned the film rights to his story The Fence (2000-2004). His fiction and poetry has appeared in ZYZZYVA magazine, Oakland Review, The Bookends Review, Sparkle & Blink, and the Simon & Schuster anthology Trapped. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA