Darden crafts a story that will make you laugh, shout, and cry.
Rashid Darden paints an exquisite portrait of college life, urban youth and the secrets we all hold from the world.
ROBERT DENSON, III
All of the characters come to life in a way that makes you think you know them personally or have met them somewhere in your life.
For the children of Pomegranate Place, there is little difference between ordinary terror and extraordinary terror. Family members become sexual predators. Young mothers disappear into thin air. Stray bullets claim the lives of toddlers, while aimed bullets claim the street’s soldiers and the names of the victims are forgotten to time. Monsters have taken hold of this struggling neighborhood and no one is coming to the rescue.
All is never well in the Dark Nation for long.
He’s only six years old.
ADRIAN is handsome, brilliant, and devoted to serving others. Under the cool exterior, however, he is tormented and unfulfilled. Abandoned by his father and emotionally distant from his mother, he feels alone – adrift on campus – until he meets SAVION.
ADRIAN is on a mission to heal himself from his emotional wounds. Though he is fresh off the “burning sands” of Beta Chi Phi, he suddenly finds himself alone. He sets himself to the task of reconciling with his parents while forging his own path as a newly “out” man on campus – no easy feat when some fraternity brothers still harbor animosity toward him.
ISAIAH is head over heels in love with his boyfriend and isn’t afraid to let the world know it. His unwavering love threatens his future as a professional basketball player. Though he is being forced to choose between the love of his life and his career, it appears that he could be making a decision which could irrevocably affect his future.
Eustace Dailey has a Harvard degree, an artist’s eye, an active social life, and more money than he knows what to do with at his age. He should feel on top of the world, but instead, he constantly second-guesses his choices–especially when it comes to Jeremy.
TIME collects twenty years of some of the best writing from Rashid Darden, including never-before published poems, favorite blog entries, the award-winning play Message from ‘The Legba’ and the short story “Smith & Jones: Young Americans.”
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