One-time critically acclaimed novelist Sarah E. Wright has died at 80. The author wrote the novel “This Child Is Gonna Live,” which was named an outstanding book of 1969 by the New York Times, about “the lives of an impoverished Black woman and her family in a Maryland fishing village during the Depression,” according to the New York Times. The paper called the book a “small masterpiece,” when it was originally reviewed in 1969. Unfortunately, Wright never published another work of fiction, instead she wrote essays, poetry and a nonfiction book, “A. Philip Randolph: Integration in the Workplace.” Wright worked full-time as bookkeeper. She died on September 13 in New York City due to complications from cancer. Wright is survived by her husband, Joseph Kaye, and her two children, three siblings and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.–CM
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