By Kim Reid
Among 1979 and 1981, twenty-nine young ones disappeared from the streets of Atlanta. during this compelling memoir, Kim Reid grows up within the shadow of her mother's activity as an investigator at the lacking and Murdered youngsters case.
Thirteen-year-old Kim Reid won't ever put out of your mind the summer season of 1979. whilst she isn't pondering boys, make-up, and beginning highschool within the fall, she's busy caring for her little sister whereas her unmarried mother works as a cop. by means of midsummer, the invention of 2 murdered adolescents alongside a quiet Atlanta street adjustments everything.
School starts off back, yet having fewer childrens at the streets doesn't cease the killer. extra young children disappear, silently vanishing from the skating rink and sidewalks she usually visits, and Kim quickly learns there is not any position secure. while her mom is assigned to a unique activity strength created to resolve the murders, bringing her paintings domestic and turning into preoccupied along with her more and more high-profile activity, Kim feels existence unraveling. It turns into more and more tough to straddle worlds: her local now not faraway from the place numerous sufferers are chanced on, and her prosperous inner most college the place she feels faraway from the risk. Teetering at the breaking point among lady and girl, Kim is torn among becoming in and discovering her personal voice; among changing into robust and clinging to the final strains of her youth.
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When my classmates discussed ski vacations, I nodded as though I knew where Breadloaf was and tried to see the logic in wearing a down jacket with no sleeves during the winter. I wanted to ask, Aren’t your arms cold, too? Going five class periods without seeing a face like mine is not that big a deal, I told myself. I tried to call someone a “spaz” without it sounding ridiculous, but it always did. At first, it wore me out, made me grateful when I got off the bus downtown in a world that didn’t 35 No Place Safe Kim Reid expect anything more of me than what I was.
Hips dipping low and slow to match the beat. “I know. But I can’t help it. ” I wondered if that was true. I wondered if the boy from the skating rink had a girlfriend, if they’d slow-dragged one night and felt certain they’d be slow-dragging forever. “Forget all that tonight. It’s my birthday party. ” I listened to Peaches and Herb croon about how good it was to be together while I swayed slow and low against Kevin, certain I understood what they meant, thinking I was grown. I breathed in his scent, some cologne he probably borrowed from his father mixed with a little sweat that comes from the warmth of a basement full of teenagers dancing slow.
Ma put her hand into her purse. I was scared then, and realized I should be distracting Bridgette from what was going on, but I couldn’t help watching. “I’m making it my business. ” “It’s okay, he’s my man. ” I could tell from her shaky voice and her swollen face that nothing about her was all right. “Look, I want you to come with me,” Ma said to the woman. ” Before he could take two steps, Ma raised her purse in front of her, her hand still inside of it. ” I wasn’t sure if Ma was really carrying, she didn’t always when she was off-duty, but her voice must have sounded like she was.
No Place Safe: A Family Memoir by Kim Reid