JoeyPinkney.com Book Review Crying for Tears: The Sasha Pierce Story
by Saleem Little
3 of 5 Stars
Harrisburg, PA. Oslo, Norway. Gauteg, South Africa.
Question: What do they have in common? Answer: Saleem Little’s novel Crying for Tears: The Sasha Pierce Story. Little effortlessly brings the global human trafficking problem to the consciousness of Urban Lit readers.
The reality of HIV, cocaine and heroin addiction, violence and poverty is strewn throughout this novel. Crying for Tears is a very insightful read, not because of the elements it contains, but for the connections that are made. Little shows the collateral damage that flows through the families of inner-cities ravaged by the crack epidemic. This book captures the overlap that happens when a son could very well find himself supplying his aunt or uncle’s drug habit. Continue reading JoeyPinkney.com Book Review of Crying for Tears by Saleem Little→
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Saleem Little, author of Crying For Tears: The Sasha Pierce Story
Every woman faces her own individual heartache at some point or another in her life. Whether it is dealing with the jaded feelings of lost love, the misuse of an abusive man, the disappointment and embarrassment of divorce, or the financial woes of being a single mother; all women must survive some personal tragedy in their lives.
In this gripping tale of lost souls, misguided teens, rapists, bastardized children, disease, human trafficking and abuse; three women’s lives are tested, nearly torn apart, and then tied together by one motivating force…their wills to survive.
After Sasha’s father dies from a heroin overdose and her mother gives her up for adoption, she is quickly lost to the allures of the street life: drugs, sex, and money. Infatuated with men older than her years, she lies to them about her age so they will sleep with her, uses fake IDs to get into clubs, and eventually inherits the burdens of being a single, teen mother with an ailment she must live with forever.
Denise s life is scarred by dysfunctional men, drug use, divorce and a mother’s agony of dealing with a rebellious child. Since her first divorce, Denise’s been caring for her two sons alone. From sacrificing for their sakes to spending sleepless nights waiting for them to return safely from the streets, Denise faces a mother s ultimate pain when her son becomes a suspect in a murder.
Amina is a poor girl from South Africa. Like so many children in her village, her parents have passed away from AIDS. She is forced to care for her brothers and sisters alone at the age of fourteen. Enticed by a friend to come work for her friends in Norway, Amina soon finds herself in a brothel being forced to prostitute by brutal traffickers.
See how six degrees of separation ties the lives of these three women together in this spell bounding novel by Saleem Little.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Crying For Tears: The Sasha Pierce Story?