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Posted June 29, 2009
A troubled young man and an ineffective preacher
This book is so-so. It's chock full of magical realism that is in some parts very effective and in others a strange waste of time. Kenan does a good job writing most parts of this book and there are some scenes and descriptions that will astound the reader in their graphic portrayal.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story is about a young black teenager who struggles with his homosexuality. When he turns to his cousin who is also his preacher for help, he is left to fend for himself. The boy literally confronts his demons that have afflicted him from society, in church, and within his own family. The preacher also fills a good portion of the novel as he tries to become more effective and assertive instead of being a laissez-faire, please everybody type of guy.
To be honest, the teenager is better developed than the preacher, and the other characters are mainly peripheral, which is why I didn't rate character development very high.