Raising Fences: A Black Man's Love Story

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Riverhead Books, 2002 - African American families - 280 pages
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A profound and heartrending memoir of a man who grew up fatherless in inner-city LA, coming to understand as his mother worked overtime to feed him that men were not to be trusted. But as a young man, having already committed petty theft, experimented with sex and developed a mortal fear of police, Michael still dreamed of having a loving wife and family. This is his dramatic story of faith lost and regained, of uncommon courage and power, told by an acclaimed journalist and poet who fought for his second chance. |Brutally honest...hauntingly poetic| - Essence

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Great book... In the beginning the pace is slow and the objective is unclear. Then between Chapters 15-20 the book goes from Zero to 100 in catching your attention. Just when you think you know you are pushed into a raw truth. Love reading this. Read full review


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Michael Datcher, a journalist and spoken-word poet, has written for Vibe, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Buzz. A former Pacific News Service correspondent, Datcher has contributed essays to a number of anthologies.

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