SALVAGE THE BONES meets AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, based on the 2015 Oakland Police Department rape scandal. Seventeen-year-old Kiara's world explodes when her name surfaces in a police officer's suicide note, exposing her as a key witness in a police rape case. Kiara must decide if she is willing to testify in the grand jury case that could leave her family vulnerable to police retaliation and endanger everyone she loves.
Sometimes I fill the bath up until it’s almost overflowing and pour in paint. Red. Purple. Steep myself in color so I can feel what it was like for Mama to lay there in the tub, let the water shrivel her so her hands could forget how they left Soraya soaking in her own sweat.
In the water, it’s like every song Daddy ever played collides into its own symphony, sound–tracking the mess we’ve made of this family. I watch the water spilling across the bathroom, seeping under the door so Marcus might care enough to bang on it. Come inside. Be my brother. Ask me why I’m bleeding.
Not that the red is really there. Maybe it’s just the stain that Mama left when she let her smallest baby die, when she left us here in this apartment, where all we have is color, and I ain’t got eyes big enough to see past the front door, past the way my breasts float in the water before they finally sink under.