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With prose that's sharp, humorous, and poetic, Jabari Asim skillfully renders a compelling portrait of urban life in the wake of the last major civil-rights bill. Massive change is afoot in America, and these characters have front-row seats.
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By C. Melcher on 01-24-16
Great Insight into Black Life in Mid-Century
Set at the opening in 1970s Gateway City (St. Louis), this book seemed like it would be a gritty gangster story about Guts Tolliver and his perhaps thwarted efforts to go straight after working as an enforcer/hit man for Ananias Goode. Instead it unfolded into so much more, rolling back in flash backs to events around the Great Migration of African Americans from the South, offering measured portraits of African American characters we often do not see, and giving ultimately a portrait of African American life in the Midwest in the middle of the last century.