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Mama, I Want to Come Home

Mama, I Want to Come Home

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Contributor(s) Derrick G Arjune
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Overview: Mama

Their parents' love, support, and guidance were the pipeline to their success. Home provided the water for life. Straying from this reliable source of sustenance can be dangerous. Kwame and his friends did. He was sent to jail when he was about to attend a top college. The unbearable conditions led to Kwame's pained plea for help. His fate was in the hands of two women from two different social backgrounds: one white and one black. Their cause was freeing Kwame from the clutches of imprisonment. Their bond was the oldest one in the world: motherhood.

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  • Xlibris Corporation
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Language English
Publication Date August 9, 2013
Publisher Xlibris
Contributor(s) Derrick G Arjune
Binding Paperback
Page Count 252
ISBN 10 1483678601
ISBN 13 9781483678603
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Product Weight 377 grams
Product Dimensions 15.2 cm x 1.6 cm x 22.9 cm
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  1. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     A creative and impressive piece of work... 15 December, 2013 On
    The future of six intelligent and ambitious black youths is threatened when their lives are unexpectedly entangled by peer pressure, street life and prejudice in this insightful novel set in modern-day New York City.

    The action begins immediately as the young men wander into the shop of a Korean merchant and are accused of being thieves, although they did nothing improper. Soon after, the teens are stopped by police in lower Manhattan and arrested.

    Their troubles mount as the principal from the elite downtown Brooklyn academy they attend immediately tries to expel the teens for marring the school's reputation, though they had not been convicted and are bright students who already have been accepted to prestigious universities, including Yale, Columbia, Harvard, and Dartmouth.

    As the drama unfolds, readers learn the back stories of those who intervene on their behalf, including a civil rights lawyer from Zimbabwe, distrusted by the black mothers; a beloved pastor hiding a big secret; and a mother born in Trinidad who knows what it's like to be attacked.

    This thought-provoking novel ably intertwines the characters' lives as they grapple with the complex issues of race, respect, prejudice, and character flaws. The book's interesting construct of overlapping storyline is reminiscent of Colum McCann's work, Let the Great World Spin.

    The writing is strong and occasionally creative, though not always in a manner apropos to the city setting: "Nervousness swept through them like a scythe in a field of young grass." The story also is unable to sufficiently emote the teens' deep shock and fears, and ties up the ending too abruptly.

    Nevertheless, the engaging and introspective nature of this novel and fresh approach to its subject matter make it well worth reading, though it would benefit from a rewrite that allows the story to delve more deeply into the characters' hearts and minds.
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