When It Burned to the Ground, Yolanda Barnes
A portrait of African-American life that reaches into both the vernacular and the lyrical. Inspired by the L.A. riots, this novel focuses on working-class characters and a reluctant street preacher along Piedmont Street in inner-city Los Angeles.
Yolanda Barnes lives in Los Angeles, where she was born of Creole/Black Southern heritage. She graduated from the University of Southern California, and received her MFA from the University of Virginia.Her short fiction has appeared in TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, and the O.Henry and Pushcart Prize collections.