Red Now and Laters

A Novel
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Author(s): Marcus J. Guillory
Original Publish Date: Mar 11, 2014
Product Number: EB00564271
Released: Sep 11, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781451699128
Publisher: Atria Books
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Description

"Guillory's complex and mesmerizing novel spans numerous eras of family history and southern folklore, offering a haunting yet soulful portrait of a neglected American culture" (Booklist). Meet Ti John, a young boy growing up in Texan Creole culture in the 1980s, the decade of Reaganomics, disco music, and the candy of choice-red Now and Laters. Raised in a Black Creole family by a voodoo-practicing father and strict Catholic mother, he is blessed with a special gift: spiritual healing. But life in the Houston ghetto where he lives is never easy. Ti John struggles to remain an ordinary kid, but even with a rodeo-star father he idolizes and the help of supernatural guides, nothing can shield Ti John from the roughness of inner-city life. He witnesses violence and death, gets his heart broken by girls, feels the anger of his own embittered father, struggles to live up to his mother's middle-class aspirations-all while trying to become the man he's expected to be. Will Ti John fall prey to the bad side of life-or will he recognize and hold on to the good? Multilayered and multigenerational, this tremendous literary debut breathes new life into the coming-of-age novel through "a truly unforgettable world of spirits and magical men" (Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Wench). Red Now and Laters is a poignant and uniquely American story, as memorable and flavorful as the candy itself.

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