The Coldest Winter Ever

Debut novel by hip-hop rap artist Sister Souljah, whose No Disrespect (1994), which mixes sexual history with political
diatribe, is popular in schools country-wide. In its way, this is a tour de force of black English and underworld slang, as
finely tuned to its heroine’s voice as Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. The subject matter, though, has a certain flashiness,
like a black Godfather family saga, and the heroine’s eventual fall develops only glancingly from her character. Born to a
14-year-old mother during one of New York’s worst snowstorms, Winter Santiaga is the teenaged daughter of Ricky
Santiaga, Brooklyn’s top drug dealer, who lives like an Arab prince and treats his wife and four daughters like a queen and
her princesses. Winter lost her virginity at 12 and now focuses unwaveringly on varieties of adolescent self-indulgence: sex
and sugar-daddies, clothes, and getting her own way. She uses school only as a stepping-stone for getting out of the
houseafter all, nobody’s paying her to go there. But if there’s no money in it, why go? Meanwhile, Daddy decides it’s time
to move out of Brooklyn to truly fancy digs on Long Island, though this places him in the discomfiting position of not being
absolutely hands-on with his dealers; and sure enough the rise of some young Turks leads to his arrest. Then he does
something really stupid: he murders his wife’s two weak brothers in jail with him on Riker’s Island and gets two consecutive
life sentences. Winter’s then on her own, especially with Bullet, who may have replaced her dad as top hood, though when
she selfishly fails to help her pregnant buddy Simone, there’s worsemuch worseto come. Thinness aside: riveting stuff, with
language so frank it curls your hair. (Author tour) — Copyright 1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. –This
text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Book Description
Renowned hip-hop artist, writer, and activist Sister Souljah brings the streets of New York to life in a powerful and utterly
unforgettable first novel.
I came busting into the world during one of New York’s worst snowstorms, so my mother named me Winter.


Ghetto-born, Winter is the young, wealthy daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing family. Quick-witted, sexy, and
business-minded, she knows and loves the streets like the curves of her own body. But when a cold Winter wind blows
her… read more
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