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African American Women Writers

Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1995). Best known for short stories set in the urban landscape of her youth, Toni Cade Bambara's fiction and criticism are informed by her work as educator, social worker, and activist. While her only novel, The Salt Eaters (1980), received mixed reviews, her short story collections, Gorilla, My Love (1972) and The Sea Birds Are Still Alive (1977), are highly regarded for their astute representations of the inner struggles of the young, their skilled synthesis of social and political themes with inquiries into the nature of identity and community, and Bambara's dexterous use of language in evoking the cadences and nuances of African American life. Bambara's documentation and celebration of the inner lives and struggles of ordinary African Americans and her challenge to consider the responsibilities inherent in transforming one's life constitute a singular contribution to American literature.*

Genre: Literary fiction

*Toni Cade Bambara. In Murray, Madeline D. “BAMBARA, Toni Cade.” Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, January 25, 2003, 67–69. . Literary Reference Center.

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