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Mama Black Widow: A Story of the South's Black Underworld

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2004

    Kinda Depressing but good

    This book is filled with a lot of the thing that gay america has to face now. I would recommed this book the story of Otis aka Sweet Pea is a very sad but it keeps you intrested. The mother is totally a crazy loon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2001

    Sad Book! True Story

    This is a good book. It starts with otis' current life and goes back into his past of how he grows up with his parents and siblings and never having lasting love. I enjoyed it very much. It is a book about inner city chicago and his childhood. I was kind of leary at first because I thought it was about living as a drag queen. It is really about an actual child growing up in the hood and the sad events that occurred in his lifetime. I recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2000

    Shows how a southern family can fall to city life

    Being a young man who moved from the South to NYC I can easily see how the Tilson family felt. Papa feeling like he cant support the family, because there is no field work. Mama trying to put the southern touch on raising her children while the mean city pulls them in. And Poor Otis, confused about it all. I would recommend this book to anyone. Black,White,Gay,Straight,Sexual.

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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    A Magnificent & Painful Look into a Grim, Oppressive & Ultimately Self-Destructive World

    This book is dynamic in its representation of the black slums and they way it ties that oppression to the dejected, painful life of the protagonist and storyteller Otis Tilson. Slim has a strong grasp of character and the milieu in which the novel is set. The text is rife with beautiful descriptions of setting that makes the reader feel present in the drama and action. The relationships and sexual encounters also provide an in-depth look at a world in which sex is more a commercial transaction that part of a love bond, where love in the heterosexual as well as the homosexual subculture is quasi non-existent and severely challenged, and the quest for opportunity and success provides no solace or happiness. Everything is turned upside down from religion, to sexuality, to psychology and examined in a satisfying way. Definitely not for the "light-hearted" reader while definitely a rewarding read for someone engaged in the questions of race, sexuality, the false solace of religion and oppression.

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