Broken China

By Lori Aurelia Williams
(Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780689868788, 272pp.)

Publication Date: March 1, 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback

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I always did right by Amina even though it was sometimes major difficult to take care of a daughter that I loved with all my heart, but never wanted in the first place.

China Cup Cameron might miss school or fall asleep in class sometimes, but she's trying hard to be a good mother to Amina, her two-year-old daughter. When tragedy befalls the small family, China must quit school and work full-time to make ends meet. But the only place in town that's willing to hire a fourteen-year-old high-school dropout is Obsidian Queens, a strip club, and China is forced to make some difficult and potentially self-destructive decisions.

Through China's harrowing, emotionally resonant story, for which Lori Aurelia Williams won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship while it was still a work-in-progress, the author of When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune creates a window into the all-too-real world of a teen mother faced with unthinkable choices.




About the Author

Lori Aurelia Williams is the author of When Kambia Elaine Flew In from Neptune and Shayla's Double Brown Baby Blues. She holds a master's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was awarded both a James A. Michener Fellowship and a scholarship in creative writing. Born in Houston, Lori Aurelia Williams lives in Austin.

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