What the Fireflies Knew: A Novel
Penguin Publishing Group
Published: Feb 2, 2022
Named A Most Aniticipated Book of 2022 by *
“Harris rewrites the coming-of-age story with Black girlhood at the center.”
New York Times
In the vein of Jesmyn Ward's
Salvage the Bones
and Sue Monk Kidd's
The Secret Life of Bees
, a coming-of-age novel told by almost-eleven-year-old Kenyatta Bernice (KB), as she and her sister try to make sense of their new life with their estranged grandfather in the wake of their father's death and their mother's disappearance.
An ode to Black girlhood and adolescence as seen through KB's eyes,
What the Fireflies Knew
follows KB after her father dies of an overdose and the debts incurred from his addiction cause the loss of the family home in Detroit. Soon thereafter, KB and her teenage sister, Nia, are sent by their overwhelmed mother to live with their estranged...