For_Immediate_Release: June 4, 2008 - Decatur, GA (United States) - Atlanta author, Kimberly Ware, wrote a riveting novel, that portrays the poverty in urban cities within the United States during the 1980’s. The message in The Nia Trilogy still withstands the test of time. Today, twenty years later, society is still facing the same dilemma on the war on poverty.
The Nia Trilogy is filled with literary imagery on the delicate issues of adolescent poverty. The story takes places in Bronx, New York. The main character, Nia Yolanda Chavez, is biracial of African American and Puerto Rican descent. The novel starts off during Nia’s adolescent years of growing up in James Monroe housing projects in Soundview, Bronx. Nia’s life is a journey of hardship and pain; it is a story that reaches and touches the heart and soul. The best way to describe Nia’s life is like a roller coaster ride filled with many ups and down and twists and turns and yet she still manages to be in one piece.
Through out history, poverty has been a problem that has continuously evolved through out the United States. For example, public housing developments were established as public housing for low income families. Due to increased criminal activities and violence in 1970’s-1990’s, many housing authorities have started the new trend of demolishing these public housing developments and turning them into mixed income housing. But there are still more public housing communities through out the U.S.
Does social issues of our past still echoes into our future? Have we learned from our past dilemmas or are we still repeating past mistakes? These are the questions that we must ask ourselves, as we move on as a society. Poverty is still a still problem today as it was 20 years ago just like in the novel series, The Nia Trilogy, by Kimberly Ware.