The Renaissance Era of Urban Lit Starts Now

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Move Over Coldest Winter - Here's a Book That's Even Colder. A new novel, "A View of The Bridge" by author Chaka Adams is set to dethrone "The Coldest Winter Ever" and revamp the Urban Lit genre.

With Queensbridge as its backdrop, the first installment in this coming of age trilogy provides an uninhibited glance into the world’s largest housing projects as seen through the eyes of a woman.

Before there was a thing called Hip Hop, there was written word. There were stories that would captivate you from the first line and hold you in a trance until the last period (period) So it was only right for the Renaissance Era of Urban Lit to start in a Hip Hop landmark. In this case, that place would be Queensbridge – New York City’s infamous Housing Projects.

“A View of The Bridge” is a gritty debut novel from newcomer Chaka Adams. The tale takes readers on an emotional roller coaster ride in the life of a project chick as she maneuvers her way through a web of violence, sex and drugs. With Queensbridge as its backdrop, the first installment in this coming of age trilogy provides an uninhibited glance into the world’s largest housing projects as seen through the eyes of a woman.

“When you think of Queensbridge, you automatically think of Nas or Metta World Peace. Seldom is there ever any mention of the females,” says Chaka, who is also the founder of PrettyGirlsRead™, a publishing imprint slated to take the literary world by storm. “I wrote this book to give women a voice. It’s not only for women from the inner-city but women from all walks of life. I felt like our plight and struggle needed to be heard in a way that was true to our story and not some disingenuous gimmick to sell books.”

Touted to dethrone “The Coldest Winter Ever” as the Urban Lit book to which all others are measured, the new author takes the comparisons in a stride.

“I don’t think anything can take the place of Sister Souljah’s masterpiece. That book was iconic and completely opened the door for books like mine. There will never be another Winter but to have my book and its characters even mentioned in the same breath, is a monumental feeling for me. Trust me, I’m good with just that,” says the author who is also an Inaugural Gates Millennium Scholar.

Although many books in this genre have been canned as unbelievable, predictable and even detached from the true reality facing the urban woman, Chaka Adams has successfully managed to stay true to her readers by painting a vividly authentic picture of their lives. “A View of The Bridge” is definitely the catalyst needed to jump-start the Renaissance Era of Urban Lit.

If Hip Hop ain’t dead then neither is written word.

The novel is currently in select book stores, Barnes & Noble nook as well as Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Chaka Adams is available for media inquiries, interviews and book signings via promo(at)prettygirlsread(dot)com.

About the Author: Chaka Adams grew up in New York City’s Queensbridge Houses. She’s a Gates Millennium Scholar and the Founder of PrettyGirlsRead™. She graduated, with honors, from Temple University and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

About PrettyGirlsRead™: PrettyGirlsRead is a publishing imprint created to empower women to read, write and communicate effectively. The company consists of dedicated women who are passionate about literacy and work to eradicate the cycle of violence and poverty affecting women by providing them with a literary platform to be heard.

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