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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Blacker than a thousand midnights

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Straight follows up her acclaimed I Been in Sorrow's Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots ( LJ 4/15/92) with the story of Darnell Tucker, a serious young black man intent on avoiding a life of crime. Read full review

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After being introduced to Susan Straight, I sought out as much of her stuff as I could. It's a bit shaky in quality, but this is probably one of her best. 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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