An Angry-Ass Black Woman

An Angry-Ass Black Woman

This sassy, shocking autobiographical novel captures the racial tensions, the hardships, and the bonds that formed between families and neighbors growing up poor in Harlem.

The autobiographical novel from the author of Uptown Dreams and Satin Doll

Karen E. Quinones Miller is AN ANGRY-ASS BLACK WOMAN

You’d be angry, too . . . if you grew up poorer than poor in Harlem in the 1960s and ’70s, a place of unrelenting violence, racism, crime, rape, scamming, drinking, and drugging . . . with a dad permanently checked out in Bellevue and a mom at the end of her rope raising you, your twin sister, and your two brothers, moving every time the money runs out— and doing what it takes to survive.

But there’s more to her story . . . Ke-Ke Quinones was whip smart and sassy, a voracious reader of everything from poetry to the classics. No matter what, 117th Street—where you could always count on someone to stand up for you—would always be home. And with every hard-knock lesson learned, Ke-Ke grew fiercer, unleashing her inner angry-ass black woman to get through it all.

Is this her final chapter? Now, decades later, comatose in a hospital bed after a medical crisis, she reflects on her life—her success as a journalist and renowned author, her tragicomic memories of Harlem, her turbulent marriage, the birth of her daughter, future possibilities—all the while surrounded by her splintered family in all of their sound and fury. Will she rise above once more?
  • Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451607826 | 
  • October 2012
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for An Angry-Ass Black Woman includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Karen E. Quinones Miller. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Bestselling author Karen E. Quinones Miller turns the mirror on herself in An Angry-Ass Black Woman—her first autobiographical novel. After a medical crisis leaves her in a coma, Ke-Ke reflects on her childhood and the events that led her to take charge of her own destiny. This part biographical, part fictional account opens on the streets of Harlem, where poverty, abuse, violence, racism, and drugs are a fixture of everyday life. Filled with vibrant anecdotes about growing up in an urban jungle and her journey from dropping out of school to reentering and graduating from college and becoming a successful writer, Miller captures the hardships and the bonds that formed between families and neighbors growing up in Harlem.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

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About the Author

Karen E. Quinones Miller
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Karen E. Quinones Miller

Karen E. Quinones Miller is the Essence bestselling author of Satin Doll, I’m Telling, Using What You Got, and Uptown Dreams. She has been nominated for the NAACP Literary Award. In addition, she is a literary consultant, CEO of Oshun Publishing Company, and a former literary agent. She lives in Philadelphia with her daughter, Camille.