Harlem, 1985. Antonio has been seeing Natasha for a while now. Their relationship is full of the drama, the passion and the intensity of every first love affair. But their story is different. For Antonio is on trial for the murder of his father. This is Natasha and Antonio's story, one struggling to cope with life in jail, the other with life outside. Extraordinarily vivid and honest, their letters to each other narrate the rollercoaster ride of first love with stunning insight. Reminiscent of THE COLOR PURPLE, UPSTATE is a brilliantly compelling debut novel.