Review: To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky

To Raise a Clenched Fist to the Sky is the first in a series of books by T. Thorn Coyle. You won’t have read anything else like it.

This is one of those rare alternative history novels that has young Black woman as it’s protagonist. In fact, the entire book is centered around the Black Panthers in the late 1960s. There are moments when the narration voice feels at odds with the language of the day and certain terms feel jarring. It’s a minor complaint because the story holds together well and the narrative keeps moving. This story within this book stands on its own but there is clearly a larger tale woven into the fabric of the series.

Coyle is an activist for change. She discusses her concerns about writing this story as a white woman. I’m glad that the people around her persuaded her to write it. I think it’s a wonderfully fun way to look at an important era of history.

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