Wingo Fly brings us into the world of Christy Wingo, a 10 year old Black girl on the cusp of womanhood in a tightly-knit African American community in 1965 on the South-side of Minneapolis. Christy tells us her story as she struggles to understand the current events in the world and in her small community-- just as she wrestles to manage her gift of second sight.
A young Black man is killed in her community and chooses Christy to communicate the needed clues to finding his missing body. The young man becomes a metaphor for all the things that are wrong Minneapolis as tensions begin to heat up in the community. Assisted by two women from her neighborhood, Christy tries to find the young man's body to help quell those tensions in the neighborhood.
Woven deftly with winning detail, humor, mystery, suspense, and memorable characters, Christy's story captures the footings of Black people's struggle against tragedy and racism. You won't be able to put it down, once you start.
KIM HINES, all-around Theater Artist-actor, director and playwright,
She was the first (& only one for a good many years) African-American female playwright to receive a core-membership at the Playwrights' Center, in Minneapolis. Kim has been produced locally & across the nation including 4 productions and 2 national tours at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Professional, amateur and educational theaters will be familiar with one of her most popular plays for YA audiences, "Home on the Mornin' Train."
Over time, Kim has been awarded 30 commissions; 6 grants; proclaimed Artist of the Year in Minneapolis and received 5 other awards given by non-profit organizations for using her art and work to address various social issues.
Among her grants, she is the recipient of the Bush Fellowship for playwrighting, McKnight Career Advancement Grant, Film the Cities Fellowship and the MN States Arts Board Grant for Playwrighting.
Kim is a coach for artists & arts organizations.
This is her first novel.
Dedication Acknowledgments 1 Minneapolis 1965 2 Christy Wingo 3 The Voice 4 Sister Ray 5 Bedtime Visions 6 Church and Friends to the End 7 Frank, the Shoe and the Handkerchief 8 The Park 9 The Talk 10 The House of Sister Ray 11 Witchy-Root Woman 12 The Shoe 13 Reasons, Maybe 14 Push and Pull 15 Challenges 16 Risks All Around 17 The Search Begins 18 Running Water 19 The Change 20 Endings Make New Beginnings 21 Epilogue About the Author