Whoreson

ISBN-10: 0870679716

ISBN-13: 9780870679711

Edition: 2007

Authors: Donald Goines

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From one of the most revolutionary writers of the 20th century, the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today's street lit and hip hop culture. "After my ninth birthday I began to really understand the meaning of my name. I began to understand just what my mother was doing for a living. There was nothing I could do about it, but even had I been able to, I wouldn't have changed it." Whoreson Jones is the son of a beautiful black prostitute and an unknown white john. As a child, he's looked after by his neighborhood's imposing matriarch, Big Mama, while his mother works. At age twelve, his street education begins when a man named Fast Black schools him in trickology. By thirteen, Whoreson's a cardsharp. By sixteen, his childhood abruptly ends, and he is a full-fledged pimp, cold-blooded and ruthless, battling to understand and live up to his mother's words, "First be a man, then be a pimp." "All those [other black] writers, no matter how well they dealt with black experience, appealed largely to an educated, middle-class, largely white readership. They brought news of one place to the residents of another. Goines' novels, on the other hand, are written from ground zero. They are almost unbearable. It is not the educated voice of a writer who has, so to speak, risen above his background. It is the voice of the ghetto itself." --Michael Covino, The Village Voice
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List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 7/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 4.00" wide x 6.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.308
Language: English

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