Daddy Was a Number Runner

Daddy Was a Number Runner This beloved modern classic documents the lives and hardships of an African American family living in Depression era Harlem While year old Francie Coffin s world and family threaten to fall apart

This beloved modern classic documents the lives and hardships of an African American family living in Depression era Harlem While 12 year old Francie Coffin s world and family threaten to fall apart, this remarkable young heroine must call upon her own wit and endurance to survive amidst the treacheries of racism and sexism, poverty and violence.

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  1. Paul

    This is Meriwether’s first novel and chronicles the lives of a poor black family in Harlem during the Depression in the 1930s. It is written from the point of view of Francie Coffin, the twelve year old daughter of the family. Although it is a novel there are elements of autobiography and the virago edition has an introduction by James Baldwin. Meriwether is still active and has received an award for social activism in 2011, this is a flavour of her speech; “I am a writer, and also a dedicat [...]

  2. BridgettM Davis

    This book, when I read it as a child sometime in the early 70's, changed my life. I didn't know, before then, that there was such a thing as a novel with a little black girl as a protagonist. I decided right then and there: I wanted to be a writer, tell my own little-girl story.

  3. Alan

    A brutal and at times ebullient account of life in 1930s Harlem, in the midst of the depression, from a 12 year old girl’s point of view. If things are tough for the boys, who face work in the sewers if they’re lucky and instead join gangs and hang out on street corners, it’s infinitely worse for the girls: either you was a whore like China Doll or you worked in a laundry or had a baby every year. The girls take it for granted they would get ‘felt up’ when they go to the shops or the c [...]

  4. Lori

    I read this on my Kindle I was so glad to see if offered. I first read this well written classic book way back in the 1970s when I was a teenager. It had only been out as a book a couple years then. that book stayed with me all these years. Daddy Was a Number Runner takes place in the 1930s depression in Harlem. It is seen through the eyes of Francie an African american, 12 year old girl. We seen Francie's life in Harlem over the course of a year. Louise Meriwether did an excellent job describin [...]

  5. Nakia

    Really enjoyed this coming of age story of Francie Coffin growing up in Harlem in the 1930s. Most times funny, but many times sad, this is definitely a classic. Picked it up from the library, but I'll be adding this to my personal collection.

  6. Donna

    “I tell you, brothers and sisters, the black man in this country must make his own life. The crying Negro must die. The cringing Negro must die. If he don’t kill hisself the environment will, and we been dying for too long. The man who gets the power is the man who develops his own strength. I ain’t talking about strength in his muscles but in his mind. We got to get better education. We got to build Negro economic and political freedom. And if we don’t, in fifty years from now, or soone [...]

  7. Walt

    The book follows a twelve-year-old girl growing up in 1930s Black Harlem. The book offers a fascinating look into poverty in urban areas. Although set in the 1930s, I thought the book was closer to the pos-WW2 era. The time frame is not as important as the story. The heroine of the story learns many things while growing up. Her experiences could be those of any child living in the 1930s. She observed and felt a lot more anger than many other 1930s writers. Her best friend constantly wanted to be [...]

  8. Kelly

    2.5 starsI feel like something is missing in this novel,this is my honest view.I have a love hate relationship with this book. I feel the message was there but did not come across as well as it could have, I came across this book by reading another fictional book based in Harlem. For me this book gives the reader a message of what it was like to be African American, poor and living in Harlem in the heart of the 1930's Great Depression in America. This is what I loved the overview it gave via Fra [...]

  9. Christa

    I came across this book by accident, and after reading it, I'm really surprised that I hadn't heard of it before. I think this should be required reading in schools--a book that really gives you a look into a specific time in history, but is actually interesting and accessible to the kids reading it.The book tells the story of twelve-year-old Francie as she navigates her growing-up years through the increasingly rough streets of Harlem. Through the eyes of Francie, the reader sees just how desol [...]

  10. Andrew Thomas Clifton

    I think alot of the time, we write about what we know. and in reading this book I come to ask myself what exactly does Louise know? her writing is so simply complex which seems odd but it is a perfect sense of what is happening and why it is happening and why you don't want it to happen but you will it to happen along with her words on the next few pagesuntil the next few becomes the rest of the book. I love it

  11. Tracey Hook

    Since it's Black History Month this would be a great story for students to read about depression-era Harlem and how one girl's family makes ends meet, but it's more than that--it's from the perspective of a young girl who manages to have a good childhood despite hard times both in her community and the struggles experienced by others before the Civil Rights Movement.

  12. T.l. Criswell

    This was an amazing book. The main character Francie Coffin actually felt like the girl next door. This author did a fantastic job of taking us through Harlem and the Great Depression back in the 1930's. I would highly recommend this book especially to youth. I think that they will have a greater appreciation of the simple things in life.

  13. Debra

    This is a childhood favorite but it is a YA book and not a children's book. I last read it in 2008 but the first time I perused it was in 1974 (11 years old).

  14. Dolores Jefferson

    I recently remembered this book while reading Ta-Nahisi Coates, An American Tragedy. Coates book is full of black angst and I started musing on my life and the history of my people in this America which treats us as shadow people; or as if we have no life of our own that's normal or real except in relation to them - the arbitrary white. Anyway. I began to think of all the black authors that I've read and loved through the years and one of my remembrances was Daddy Was A Number Runner. I loved th [...]

  15. Nora Dolan

    Really great historical fiction I read this book when I was a teenager, and these many years later I still remember the impact it had on me then. Some thirty years later, I see this book from an adult perspective. Francie takes you to her home, the ghetto in Harlem. She introduces you to her family, her friends, her neighbors. Through the book, all the personalities are developed beautifully. This book has it all. It is heartwarming, gritty, funny, , cruel. It is about the day to day of a poor b [...]

  16. Annie Cote

    Seems to me that some 80 years later nothing much has changed in the African American community. We’ve still got Father’s refusing to step up and take care of their families. I wanted more from this story and felt the ending was stunted. Is it naive of me to want Frankie to break the cycle of poverty and abuse? It’s depressing to know that even now drugs and alcohol still break families apart and keep people down. It’s a good story and deserves a read.

  17. Mike

    I grabbed this after seeing it mentioned a few times in other media. It was a surprisingly quick read. Ms Meriwether eloquently lays out problems in depression era Harlem and makes the reader see the degradation of Francie and her friends and neighbors. It's skilfully done, and with a surprisingly light touch.

  18. Susan

    Very enjoyable fictional account of a young black girl, her family, neighbors, and friends in 1930s Harlem. The author has depicted Francie realistically, with all the challenges of being black, poor, young, and female.I'd highly recommend this.

  19. Kirsten Feldman

    All I could think of the whole time I was reading this was Francie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, one of my favorite books, and this Francie didn't steal my heart in the same way.

  20. M R

    I waited a long time to read Daddy Was a Number Runner (very popular book still in our library system apparently), but it was definitely worth the wait. I found this book to be especially interesting because it talks about a period of time that is frequently discussed in Black literature (the 20s and early Depression era), but through the eyes of a young girl rather than a boy or man. I thought that Francie had a naivete and innocence, that wasn't an effect or trying too hard on the author's par [...]

  21. Cathy

    A Tree Grows in Harlem?? The protagonist is even named Francie. She goes through so much crap, without really realizing it, which makes her innocent observations so heart-breaking. Harlem in the 30s wasn't a great place to be, and Francie endures all the poverty, racism, and sexism you'd expect and then some. I was kind of horrified by how her mom goes up to the Grand Concourse in the Bronx and stands waiting for the white women who drive by and pick them up for domestic work. The description [...]

  22. Badly Drawn Girl

    This is one of those books that you read and immediately wonder why you hadn't heard of it before. Maybe I'm in the minority but I wasn't familiar with the book nor the author. Thankfully I came across the book at a thrift store and bought it for the title and front cover alone. I didn't even read a synopsis. Louise Meriwether does an incredible job of bring the Harlem of the 1930's to life. She does not use one extra, unneeded word to describe the sights, sounds and smells of Francie's neighbor [...]

  23. Diego Sanchez

    this book takes place in Harlem and shows once again the struggles of African American families that live in poverty. Francine has a dad who runs numbers, which is illegal and sees her family crumple in front of her because of the lack of money. Her brother becomes a gang banger and her other smart brother drops out of school. Life for her is tough especially since she is so young and there are people who try to take advantage of her. Then there family reunites at the end. In all these books the [...]

  24. Bonnie

    This book was pretty good, a coming-of-age story of a young black girl growing up in Depression era Harlem. So, obviously, it was sort of depressing. Poverty, racism, sexism, etc. This was my last book to read for my Literary Map of the U.S. project for 2015 and I can say it represented New York City very well. I'm neither black, nor wretchedly poor, nor from a dysfunctional family, and I was a long way from being born at the time of this book, and I've never even been to Harlem (New York City o [...]

  25. Lizzie

    This book sounds so familiar. But I can't have read it when I was young, can I? Could I have gotten it from a teacher or library? Probably not. I don't rememberStill combing through the 500 Great Books By Women book list, which got set up as a group, and tracking the demographics via spreadsheet (and so can yoouuu).

  26. Tracy

    i loved this book and i would love to read it again. i havent read this book in about 30 years. what i got out of this book was: determination, perserverance, strength along with the abuse that was done to the characters, the having to grow up fast and learn to survive. all in all i would love this book for my collection, glad to see its still in circulation, had a hard time finding it.

  27. Jazmon Logon

    I've share this book with so many friends after I read it, it was brilliantly written. For my friends it reminded them of a time in their lives when things seem simple. For me, it painted a picture of a culture and a way of life my family never lived. It was very eye-opening to me. It's a Harlem that I will never see but was able to experience through the writing of Louise Meriwether.

  28. Rozanna Lilley

    Immensely readable coming of age story about a girl growing up in Harlem. The grinding poverty and relentless sexual assaults she endures are conveyed with a surprisingly light touch. It has a very cinematic feel - you can almost see the rats in the kitchen, the whores on every corner and the empty promises of adulthood around each tenement-packed corner.

  29. Titilayo

    This was one of those coming of age books like Brown Girl Brownstone. Some other author I read, mentioned having found the novel in her parents library so i was intrigued. The fact that James Baldwin wrote the introduction solidified it as a good book. I was never disappointed with the character development, plot, or speed of the action.

  30. Dara

    Amazing- semi-autobiographical novel about growing up Black and female in Harlem during the depression. Interesting themes both about the constancy of sexual abuse by adult men in the lives of teenage girls and the relationship between Black residents and white Jews as shop-keepers.

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