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Passage : a novel

by Lazarre-White, Khary,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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CLP - Hill District African American Fiction FICTION Lazarre-White
Location  CLP - Hill District
Collection  African American Fiction
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CLP - Squirrel Hill African American Fiction FICTION Lazarre-White
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  African American Fiction
Call Number  FICTION Lazarre-White
CLP - Woods Run Fiction Collection FICTION Lazarre-White
Location  CLP - Woods Run
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Lazarre-White
Whitehall Public Library Fiction Collection FIC Lazarre-White
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FIC Lazarre-White
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - African American CHECKED OUT
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Collection  First Floor - African American
Warrior is surrounded by deep family love and a sustaining connection to his history, bonds that arm him as he confronts the urban forces that surround him - both supernatural and human - including some that seek his very destruction. Warrior isn't even safe in his own mind. He's haunted by the spirits of ancestors and of the demons of the system of oppression. Every memory in the novel is the memory of thousands of black families. Every conversation is a message both to those still in their youth and those who left their youth behind long ago. Passage is a novel for then and now.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Over the course of a few winter days in New York, 1993, a teenager moves along his well-worn path between Harlem and Brooklyn. His parents, a teacher and a musician who are loving but divorced, named him with an Akan word meaning warrior for one's people, but everyone just calls him Warrior. Mature, wise, and strong, Warrior is close to his family but has been let down by his schooling, among other things. As he goes to school, visits his dad, or makes a snowman with his much younger sister, he's interrupted often by his own internal conversations. He thinks of his best friend, who's in jail after being brutally beaten by blue soldiers; converses with spirits; and voices the injustices he can't say out loud. As Warrior experiences dangers real and imagined, current and ancestral, Lazarre-White, activist and founder of a Harlem-based youth-education organization, infuses his vivid journey with thought- and discussion-provoking symbolism. This is a unique and haunting portrayal of a young black man considering his inheritance, and his destiny.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his debut novel, lawyer and activist Lazarre-White describes the day-to-day life of Warrior, a high school kid in 1993 Harlem, who is black, smart, responsible, and thoughtful, with kind parents, an adorable little sister, and the perfect girlfriend. Warrior, though, is also angry-about the cops, about his teachers, and about the fact that his friend is in prison. But instead of breathing life into Warrior's reality or providing for him a voice that would resonate with readers, the writing is clichéd, the dialogue especially wooden. Talking with his mother one morning, Warrior says, "Mamma, I have parents who have taught me well. I know the importance of blood and love." To which she responds, "Part of being a mother, my wise son, is telling and retelling. It's what we've done since the beginning of time." Most of the book's parental interactions are like this-one step away from sage, Yoda-style homilies. Warrior's father also lacks dimension: he lives in Brooklyn, in a brownstone where he listens to jazz and cooks Caribbean food, and seems to care only about the Knicks. One snowy day, Warrior walks outside his mother's apartment to find their Harlem neighborhood swarming with cops-a boy has been shot and people are rioting. But even this tension and violence are presented in flat, stale prose. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects African American young men -- Fiction.
African American families -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Race discrimination -- United States -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2017
Edition A Seven Stories Press First Edition.
Language English
Description 190 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781609807832
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