Dopefiend

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Holloway House Publishing, 2006 - Fiction - 319 pages
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The true black voice of his generation, Donald Goines wrote novels that nailed the harsh realities of the urban experience deep into the psyche of today's hip hop culture, influencing major artists from Jay-Z and 50 Cent to Nas and Ghostface Killah. Dopefiend is his classic descent into the junkie's harrowing nightmare...

Teddy finally got the girl of his dreams. Together, Teddy and Terry filled people with admiration wherever they went. Young, gifted, and black, the future was theirs for the taking. But Teddy had a small little addiction. Then Terry had a taste. Then life took a wrong turn into the darkest, vilest back alleys. Drawing from years of his own addiction to heroin, Goines holds nothing back in this graphic, unflinching tale of lives destroyed by drugs. Each page tells it like it is--the whole truth and nothing but the truth--which keeps you coming back for more.

Praise for Donald Goines and His Novels

"Written from ground zero... the voice of the ghetto itself." --The Village Voice

"He lived by the code of the streets." --New Jersey Voice

 

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The cold, chilling reality of drug addiction as only Goines—a former addict himself—can expose. Dopefiend is one of the greatest novels that I've ever read. My interest in reading novels started for ... Read full review

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Terry is a typical, attractive young woman in her twenties with a job and a boyfriend. However, her boyfriend, Teddy, is addicted to heroin and frequently drags Terry to Porky's drug house for a hit ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
17
Section 3
31
Section 4
53
Section 5
69
Section 6
83
Section 7
93
Section 8
107
Section 14
201
Section 15
211
Section 16
223
Section 17
237
Section 18
249
Section 19
263
Section 20
275
Section 21
283

Section 9
117
Section 10
129
Section 11
149
Section 12
165
Section 13
189
Section 22
289
Section 23
297
Section 24
311
Section 25
321
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About the author (2006)

Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family's dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.

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