Daddy Was a Number Runner by Louise Meriwether

Daddy Was a Number Runner by Louise Meriwether. Foreword by James Baldwin. 2002 Feminist Press, later printing (c/r 1970), 234 pages. Meriwether was a friend and peer of Maya Angelou and Rosa Guy. Her upbringing in Harlem during the depression informed the story in this debut novel. According to the foreword, "The streets, tenements, fire-escapes, the elders, and the urgent concerns of childhood---or, rather, the helpless intensity of anguish with which one watches one's childhood disappear---are rendered very vividly indeed by Louise Meriwether."

Condition: VG

"Mother never did tell Daddy how we got back on relief and he never did ask her. Had he known, he would have disowned us both."

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