There are some books that are just too gritty for me. By that mean, I mean when I feel like I'm wading through foul language and crass sexual talk to find the story, it's not the book for me. This book was like that.
It seemed like a promising story. The back cover of the book said that it was about a group of men coming to terms with a racial incident of their youth. And it is that story in many ways. But Pelecanos seems to want to create the true environment of these young men which is not pretty. That's not to say there isn't some redemption in the story...there are some tiny bright spots...rays of hope. It was just way too much work for me to get there.
Pelecanos also wrote for the show The Wire which I believe is gritty in the same way. I've really been wanting to watch The Wire, but my enthusiasm for that has been dampened.
Anyway, this is the story of five men who were involved in an incident in their youth. After this incident occurred, these men went their separate ways but run into each other again and begin to come to terms with the effect that night had on their lives.
Things You Might Want to Know: Lots of language, crude talk, drug use, violence, etc.
George Pelecanos will be on Blog Talk Radio on April 16 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. I have five copies of this book to give away courtesy of Hachette Book Group USA. To be eligible, you need a United States or Canadian mailing address, no PO Boxes. Leave a valid email address and I'll draw the winners on April 26, 2009. Thanks everyone!