Chapter One: A Rude Awakening
I woke to the sound of knocking, but I wasn't sure if it was someone at our door. People pounded on the walls in this apartment building at all times of the day or night. The knocking grew sharper, more frenzied, and then I heard my uncle Reuben's voice.
"Raven, damn it, wake up. Raven!"
He hit the door so hard I thought his fist had gone through. I reached for my robe and got up quickly.
"Mama!" I called.
I ground the sleep from my eyes and listened. I thought I remembered hearing her come home, but the nights were so mixed up and confused in my memory, I wasn't sure. "Mama?"
Uncle Reuben pounded...