Calling My Name

Calling My Name

by Liara Tamani


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Calling My Name is a treasure.”—Nic Stone, New York Times–bestselling author of Dear Martin

Calling My Name is a striking, luminous, and literary exploration of family, spirituality, and self—ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, Jandy Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros.

This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas, and deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, battling family expectations, discovering a sense of self, and finding a unique voice and purpose.

Told in fifty-three short, episodic, moving, and iridescent chapters, Calling My Name follows Taja on her journey from middle school to high school. Literary and noteworthy, this is a beauty of a novel that captures the multifaceted struggle of finding where you belong and why you matter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062656872
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 135,243
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Liara Tamani lives in Houston, Texas. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College and a BA from Duke University. Calling My Name is her first book.

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Calling My Name 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It’s a cool reading, you can kind of get lost in the read. Some parts come off as confusing as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quiet, lyrical, beautiful. This book follows Taja as she grows from middle school up through high school and is told through these vivid, slice of life vignettes. It's really unusual in that it deals with more with the internal world and daily life of Taja as she grows up, rather than following a more traditional narrative arc. The book tackles themes of faith, desire, family, identity, and choice with lush, gorgeous prose and perfect attention to character. I loved this.