An Angry Black Women book signing in #Atlanta @KarenEQmiller #PassionateSpot

“Miller’s entertaining stories resemble a street version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, each chapter opening a window to life in the hood. Nothing here will disappoint street lit fans…Ringing loud and clear, Ke-Ke’s voice expounds on racism, crime, drug use, poverty, spousal abuse…This is exactly what street lit is all about. Buy more copies than you think you need.”

—Library Journal, Starred Review



“Wrenching, raw, redemptive, and real…”

—Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author

“In the spirit of Manchild in the Promised Land, Miller’s story captures you from the first page and makes you slow down toward the finish because you will not want to see this captivating story end.”

—Victoria Christopher Murray, author of Destiny’s Divas

An Angry-Ass Black Woman will shock, anger and inspire…Karen E. Quinones Miller introduces us to the characters that have shaped her life…Miller’s story is one of courage, strength and tenacity as she moves from an ‘angry-ass black woman’ to find happiness and peace.”

—Go On Girl!  Book Club

Karen E. Quinones Miller’s AN ANGRY-ASS BLACK WOMAN (Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing; October 2, 2012; $15.00) is a sassy, shocking autobiographical novel by Essence bestselling author Karen E. Quinones Miller which captures the racial tensions, the hardships, and the bonds that formed between families and neighbors growing up poor in Harlem.

You’d be angry, too…if you grew up poorer-than-poor in Harlem in the 1960s and 70s, a place of unrelenting violence, racism, crime, rape, scamming, drinking, and drugging…with a dad permanently checked out in Bellevue and a mom at the end of her rope raising you, your twin sister, and your two brothers, moving every time the money runs out—and doing what it takes to survive.

But there’s more to her story…Ke-Ke Quinones was whip-smart and sassy, a voracious reader of everything from poetry to the classics.  No matter what, 117th Street—where you could always count on someone to stand up for you—would always be home.  And with every hard-knock lesson learned, Ke-Ke grew fiercer, unleashing her inner angry-ass black woman to get through it all.

Is this her final chapter?  Now, decades later, comatose in a hospital bed after a medical crisis, she reflects on her life—her success as a journalist and renowned author, her tragicomic memories of Harlem, her turbulent marriage, the birth of her daughter, future possibilities—all the while surrounded by her splintered family in all of their sound and fury. Will she rise above once more?

With its sharp sense of realism, AN ANGRY-ASS BLACK WOMAN will leave readers unable to set it down, determined to see it through with Ke-Ke Quinones until the very end of her triumphant story.


Karen E. Quinones Miller is the Essence bestselling author of the novels Satin Doll, I’m Telling, Using What You Got, and Uptown Dreams.  Visit her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, or learn more at


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