5 Minutes and 42 Seconds

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Harper Collins, Mar 2, 2010 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Cameisha Douglass has it all -- a sprawling home in a posh neighborhood, a fancy car, three healthy children, and a husband, Fashad, who is devoted to her. Her biggest worry is catching her daytime soap operas before the kids come home from school and her husband returns from work, "businesses" that everyone knows are mere fronts through which he launders his drug-dealing money. But as the emotional and sexual secrets of her family come to the surface, she can no longer deny that her life is not all that it seems. While family members point fingers at one another, the real threat may come from the outside, specifically from Smokey, a mixed-race twenty-year-old high school dropout and would-be rapper whose issues with sexual and racial identity fuel his inner rage.

Written by a daring young author with a compelling voice, 5 Minutes and 42 Seconds is a fast-paced and edgy thriller that explores the questions of identity and sexuality with refreshing vigor.

 

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User Review  - peterhare - LibraryThing

I enjoyed this book very much, it's a great gay, black read. Definitely not high brow, trashy - yes. Has some great lines! A page turner. Read full review

Contents

THE DRILL
THREE WEEKS BEFORE THE TRUMPET SOUNDS
CAMEISHA
DREAM
SMOKEY
TWO DAYS BEFORE THE TRUMPET SOUNDS
CAMEISHA
XANDER
SMOKEY
THE AFTERNOON BEFORE THE TRUMPET SOUNDS
CAMEISHA
A CONFESSION
SMOKEY
WHEN A TRUMPET SOUNDS
CAMEISHA AND DREAM
SMOKEY

SMOKEY
THE DAY BEFORE THE TRUMPET SOUNDS
SMOKEY
A CONFESSION
CAMEISHA
A CONFESSION
DREAM
XANDER
A CONFESSION
THE MORNING BEFORE THE TRUMPET SOUNDS
CAMEISHA
XANDER
THE MORNING AFTER THE TRUMPET SOUNDS
CAMEISHA
SMOKEY
XANDER
XANDER TO FASHAD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
About the Author
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

A native of Ohio, T. J. Williams is an undergraduate at Princeton University. This is his first novel.

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