Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights (2020)

Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights Susan Straight Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights Named one of the outstanding novels of by Publishers Weekly The New York Times Book Review and USA Today I Been in Sorrow s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots established Susan Straight as on
  • Title: Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights
  • Author: Susan Straight
  • ISBN: 9780385474344
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights Susan Straight Named one of the outstanding novels of 1992 by Publishers Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and USA Today, I Been in Sorrow s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots established Susan Straight as one of America s foremost chroniclers of African American life In Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights, she fulfills the promise of the earlier book, and reintroduces readers to tNamed one of the outstanding novels of 1992 by Publishers Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, and USA Today, I Been in Sorrow s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots established Susan Straight as one of America s foremost chroniclers of African American life In Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights, she fulfills the promise of the earlier book, and reintroduces readers to the inhabitants of fictional Rio Seco, California This is the story of Darnell Tucker, and black firefighter and workingman trying to work the toughest turf of all the straight and narrow As his friends disappear around him victims of the streets, of police dogs, of drugs, of an addiction to cheap thrills and guns Darnell struggles to establish his own business, facing a thousand midnights before he s home free, with a job that supports his young family Yet even as he gains a tentative sense of self, Darnell Tucker is drawn to the destructive beauty of fires, and to the wilder, untamed forces beyond the structure of domesticity This search for balance in a dangerous world propels the quiet heroism of a beautifully evoked and very moving story.
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  1. Judy

    There are certain novelists, mostly women but some men as well, whose theme is the power and strength of family Susan Straight embraces this with the underlying theme of the effect of racism on the American family In 1995 I read her first novel, I ve Been in Sorrow s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, published in 1993 Being a musician, I picked the book for its title, which sounded like a blues song, but I knew nothing about the author I was struck by the intense truths she wove into a story [...]

  2. Donna Davis

    Susan Straight is one of my favorite authors I wish she had written , but I suppose if you want quality, sometimes you have to sacrifice quantity.As the parent of a young Black man, I recognize the fictional character Darnell s dilemma how do you play it straight while keeping it real in other words, without playing the White man s game to where you find yourself betraying some of your family and old loyalties How do you keep your friends from the neighborhood where you grew up and went to schoo [...]

  3. Marie

    The plot was pretty good, and very well developed, but it was really difficult to read the entirety of the book was written in vernacular.

  4. Ron

    There s a great deal to enjoy and think about in this richly detailed novel of a young man s emergence into manhood, discovering himself as a father to be, and wanting than anything to become a responsible parent and family man like his own father These are working class people, living in what I take to be Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, scraping lives together and not giving up on each other.Darnell, the hero, rides close to the edge of failure as his fortunes rise and fall and rise aga [...]

  5. Susan Eubank

    Darnell left the steep, winding road and passed the tiny trees along the development block walls He knew Trent wouldn t be home now he could call and leave a message When he neared the Westside, he saw the dark mass of old trees hovering like clouds over the neighborhood Everyone had fig trees, lemons, persimmons His mother had apricots and nectarines Marietta Cook had the best plum tree on the Westside Darnell turned down Picasso Street Trees did things for you, his father would say, so you got [...]

  6. Rainbowgardener

    A woman writing male characters who are not stereotypes or caricatures Very vivid portrayal of the traps that keep African American men down How to get a job when you have no way to get a car and employers don t want to hire black men How to start your own business when customers hide when they see your black face How to go to college and better yourself when you have mouths to feed now How to stay sane and sober when you are constantly threatened by cops for driving while black, walking while b [...]

  7. Hans

    4 stars I have definitely enjoyed each visit to the families and ancestors that make Susan Straight s fictional Rio Seco, California a real place This volume centers on the post coming of age journey for Darnell Tucker, but intersects with many other residents It s worth your while to walk a few miles with Darnell and his friends and family.

  8. Mary

    I keep reading her books hoping for another I ve been in Sorrows Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots one of my all time favorites I even read it twice Which is saying a LOT since I ve only ever re read two books I think I might need to change that, but my book que is far too long

  9. Patty

    Susan Straight s books keep me reading late at night when I should be asleep This novel is intense and exciting, while very real It is not an adventure or a thriller, but the story of an ordinary, real life and its challenges.

  10. Leonard Pierce

    After being introduced to Susan Straight, I sought out as much of her stuff as I could It s a bit shaky in quality, but this is probably one of her best.

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