Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights

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Anchor Books, 1994 - Fiction - 388 pages
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Darnell Tucker is a young black man working as a firefighter and at odd jobs, trying to keep on the straight and narrow. As his friends fall prey to the lure of the streets, drugs, cheap thrills and guns, Darnell struggles to support himself and his family. Even as he gains a tentative sense of self, he 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 beautiful and moving story.

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User Review  - Susan Eubank - Goodreads

"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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patty - Goodreads

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. Read full review

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Novelist and short story writer Susan Straight graduated from Amherst College in 1984. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of California in Riverside. Aquaboogie, her first collection of short stories, won the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and was one of Publishers Weekly's best paperbacks (1990). I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots was named one of 1992's best novels by both Publishers Weekly and USA Today. It was also a New York Times Notable Book.

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