By Simone Felice
Half love tale, half protest on the damaged provides mendacity on the middle of the yankee Dream, this astonishing debut novel from one of many track world's emerging stars is a passionate, twisted hymn to the marginalized and forgottenBlack Jesus is shy, and a killer.Black Jesus is white as a doveA younger marine returns from Iraq, blinded and scarred by way of a roadside bomb and harboring a poor mystery. known as Black Jesus by way of his fellow squaddies because of his identify being Lionel White and his birthday being Christmas Day, he has again to his decaying domestic city to take a seat behind his mother's junkshop, pop OxyContin, and take a look at to overlook what he is noticeable. Into his existence sooner or later rides Gloria, a mysterious younger dancer who's fleeing darkness and violence of a distinct style, and with whom he unearths unforeseen love.
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He’s quiet and sad. Debbie calls to him up the ladder. ’ He doesn’t answer. She tries again. ’ ‘Come down and you’ll see,’ she says, and then quietly to herself, ‘What’s wrong with you, Debbie? ’ She hears him shuffling around, his footsteps in the attic, and she goes to the top of the ladder and tries to take his hand but he pulls it away and says, ‘I can do it. ’ ‘I just wanna make sure you—’ ‘I’m a Marine, Mom,’ he says and his voice is strange. ‘Okay, babe. You’re right. I’m sorry,’ she says.
Guess if he couldn’t write the songs to make the young girls cry he figured he’d just pick apart other people’s in a newspaper. So when I told him I finally got the audition it was too much for him I think. The bat he hit me with still had the price tag on it. My girl Brown Shugah at The Cat House told me something once, ‘It’s the perfect white boys you gotta watch out for. You can tell by the way they look into their own eyes in the mirror. They got their cake from day one and when they can’t eat it too they snap.
He says nothing. ’ She looks at his face. Then she looks at the road. ’ ‘Our home. ’ ‘I don’t believe it,’ he says, his dark glasses fixed on her now. ’ ‘’Cause I know you, Ma. You’re a hustler. ’ ‘I don’t know. Over there. ’ ‘What a thing to call your mother! That ain’t the way I raised you, is it? ’ Unable to kill the little smile dawning at the corners of her mouth, the big woman breathes and glues her knee to the bottom of the steering wheel. She takes the window-crank with her free hand and twists the window down.
Black Jesus by Simone Felice