Caprice by Coe Booth
There is one problem. A HUGE problem.
On the last night of her summer program, an unexpected and unwelcome kiss triggers childhood memories. With painful clarity, Caprice begins to recall her history as a victim of sexual abuse. For years she has suppressed those memories. That coping mechanism is no longer working.
She returns home, believing that reuniting with her parents and friends will ease her torment. Caprice spends her days at the local community center. She joins Express Yo’Self, a writers group, where her poetic talent blossoms and then takes the initiative to organize a Woman Group.
When her grandmother is hospitalized, the family gathers at grandma's home in Baltimore, the site of her victimization. Memories associated with the bedroom where she will sleep are excruciating.
Booth masterfully builds to the climactic scene that readers simultaneously hope for and dread. Caprice publicly confronts her abuser.
Kudos to the cover artist. A careful examination of the portrait of Caprice reveals the light in her eyes is a silhouette of a girl.
Definition of caprice. noun. a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind. Source: Oxford Languages
More Books by Coe Booth
Booth mentions two titles, written for adults, that add context to the story.
Born a Crime, a memoir describes living with apartheid in South Africa. The one constant in his life is his mother.
Breath, Eyes, Memory is a novel of a Haitian girl who returns to Haiti after living in New York. A story of trauma, violence, and conflicted relationships.