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No One Is Coming to Save Us
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No One Is Coming to Save Us


The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.

JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town’s once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava’s husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava’s mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s undeserving but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around.

JJ’s newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from life than what they already have—and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

Title:No One Is Coming to Save Us
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:371 pages
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  • Diane S ?
    Apr 15, 2017

    This is blurbed as a new and updated Great Gatsby, but let me start by saying the links to that classic are tenuous at best, in my opinion virtually non existent. At first I was reading this and tryin...

  • karen
    Nov 21, 2016

    We believe despite all experience to the contrary in easy money and our own fortunes changing in an instant like the magician's card from the sleeve. If one quarter came miraculously from behind the e...

  • Ron Charles
    Mar 27, 2017

    At a crucial moment in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby,” when Nick says, “You can’t repeat the past,” Gatsby instantly disagrees: “ ‘Can’t repeat the past?’ h...

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    May 10, 2017

    Review now posted on https://booknationbyjen.wordpress.comIn a small town in North Carolina an African American family is reaching for the American Dream. Life is hard and full of disappointments as i...

  • ? Sandi ?
    Apr 30, 2017

    2.5 starsThis book did not hold my interest. I did not like any of the characters. I saw little to no resemblance to the classic The Great Gatsby. I was however able to make each characters associatio...

  • Laura
    May 24, 2017

    Enjoyable read but being compared to the Great Gatsby really isn't fair assessment. I would just forget the comparison and get to know the characters for who they are individually. ...

  • Jennifer
    May 26, 2017

    gosh... i found this one a bit of a slog. i wish the publisher had not decided to take the 'great gatsby recast' approach in marketing this book. i feel like that did a disservice to the story and the...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Apr 10, 2017

    (Nearly 3.5) The residents of Pinewood, N.C., the primarily African-American community at the heart of Watts’s debut novel, know what it is to have deferred dreams dry up like Langston Hughes’ rai...

  • Mainlinebooker
    Mar 22, 2017

    Unfortunately, I think it was a great disservice for the publishers to have billed this as a Great Gatsby reboot. That leads to certain expectations, and while this is a fine novel, it takes quite a s...

  • Travis Mulhauser
    Apr 14, 2017

    When you love somebody you decide what you can take and what will kill you and work backward from what will kill you. It’s as simple as that. At least this is what she told herself. ***Was thrilled ...