On Tuesday, news broke that New York Times Bestselling Author, Sister Souljah will be releasing a follow up novel to the urban classic and cautionary tale Coldest Winter Ever January 2013. This is probably some of the best news to hit African-American literature since, well, I don’t when, but this is huge.
According to publisher Emily Besler Books, an imprint of Atria Books, the novel will revisit the lives of the Santiaga clan; however, this time the story will be told from the perspective of the middle child, Porshe Santiaga. If you remember, the original novel followed the life of Winter, the Santiagas’ oldest child, as she went from being an extremely pampered daughter of a drug-lord to being just about homeless, yet still fighting to live the life of luxury that she was accustomed to. Die hard Coldest Winter Ever fans are probably eager to see what Porshe has to say as she was probably the one hardest hit by the demise of the Santiaga drug empire, losing one parent to jail and the other to the grave. A press release appearing on Blacknews.com offers a brief synopsis of what readers can expect.
Porsche is young and beautiful, loyal to her family and friends, and unafraid to fight and love with the same extreme intensity. Readers are sure to be drawn to this coming-of-age story, told in Sister Souljah’s magnificent signature style.
This is great considering the first novel ended leaving so many loose ends and unanswered questions. Was Santiaga ever released from jail? What did Winter do when she was released from prison? Did she snitch? Did Midnight continue to raise the Santiaga twins after their mom died? What will become of Santiaga’s illegitimate child? Hopefully this follow up will provide answers to those burning questions.
I’ll try my best to contain my excitement, but I’ve been missing Winter and the Sanitagas since I first read Coldest Winter Ever when I was twelve. Sister Souljah is a literary genius and I can’t wait until this next book drops.
What about you? Will you be picking up your copy of A Deeper Love Inside when it’s released in January?