It is the summer of 1999 and twelve year old Fe Fe Stevens is jumping rope outside The Robert Taylor Homes on the south side of Chicago with her friends Precious, Tonya and Stacia. This is the summer the high rise projects will be demolished. It is also the summer of police raids, gang violence and families and friendships torn apart. The summer of 1999 taught Fe Fe some valuable lessons which she will carry with her into adulthood.
Wolfe’s debut novel is a thoughtful work touching on the concepts of crime, poverty, race, friendship and family. It is an engrossing story with characters who feel true to life and prose that is clear, concise and sometimes poetic.