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Chasin' It based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I loved this book,because this is as true as it gets. You might have a plan for your life, but once crack sets in, every thing goes right down the drain. And every family has bones in the closet. Some times we need to open that door to move on with our lives.
This is not a book I would recommend spending a lazy summer afternoon reading. It is a dark story about a black man turning tricks as a woman, being strung out on drugs, living in terrible conditions and stealing money from a street gang. I don¿t find a ¿moral in the story¿ or any other redeeming qualities to recommend it to others. It is a depressing read. None of this came out in the synopsis written on the back cover. This bit of writing gave you the impression you would be reading about a female. Not true. It talks of ¿right of passage¿ which by the way the book ends could be true. To give the author his do, the writing itself was well done but the story line was little more than what you can read in the newspapers today. I haven¿t read any other titles by Tony Lindsay and can only hope his other books have more class and are less dark in nature.
One of the hottest trends in African-American literature has been street lit or literature involving life on the streets. Oftentimes, this life includes hip-hop themes, the drug culture, and even prostitution. In ¿Chasin¿ It,¿ a new novel by novelist Tony Lindsay (One Dead Preacher), the author takes the idea of street lit to the extreme................... The novel is based on the wild and dangerous life of Terri Parish, a gay drag queen who has been in and out of jail. When Parish is released from prison after a seven year bid for fraud, he is faced with life on the streets once again. Terri gets caught up in prostitution and selling his body for drugs. When Terri gets involved with a former inmate, Mo-red, who mistreated him in prison, Terri decides to get even by stealing his drugs and money, and leaving him for dead. When Mo-red shows up, battered but alive, Terri must decide if he will run for cover or stand up and fight.................. The story is told primarily in flashbacks. These flashbacks include Terri¿s first sexual experience with the boy next door, his growing up under his grandmother¿s guidance, and his troubles in prison where he was forced to prostitute himself. When the story returns to the present, we find a crack-addicted Terri, longing for love yet chasing money, drugs, and sex. While Terri dreams of moving to Birmingham to escape the mean streets of Chicago, there always seems to be something pulling him back........................ Lindsay¿s style of writing makes the story feel authentic and even funny at times. It is very interesting the way the author mixes pronounces, sometimes referring to the protagonist as she, other times as he. When Terri is on his way to prison once again, the author humorously writes:............... ¿All Terri heard the judge saying was fifteen to life. He said it as easily as if he were ordering a drink: scotch, no ice; fifteen to life; scotch, no ice; fifteen to life¿scotch, no ice; fifteen to life............... Terri¿s stomach was twisted as tight as one of Madear¿s dishrags. He found it difficult to breathe. He could no longer distinguish between what he imagined the judge was saying and what the judge actually said.................... Bring the prisoner here or Get all the picaninnies out of here............... We¿re getting behind or Kill all their kind¿.¿.................. ¿Chasin¿ It¿ is a one-of-kind story that is hard to put down. The idea of commingling the street culture with the gay lifestyle is a risky yet successful endeavor. When the material gets sexually explicit, it¿s almost like being a fly on the wall. Though the material may make a few people uncomfortable, those readers who enjoy stories of brothers on the down low, life in and out of prison, and stories from writers like E. Lynn Harris will no doubt enjoy this fast-paced, no holds barred story. Lindsay has not only crafted an intriguing tale but may have also added a new genre to the field. It will be worthwhile to discover if the book (or the genre) finds an audience........... Recommended
I couldn't put it down, I read it in a night, the characters are well developed, Terri Parish is the main person in the book, I feel like I know him/her, and his Madear is like no grandmother I've ever met. I read the book because I enjoyed Prayer of Prey and One Dead Preacher by the writer; but I wasn't expecting anything like this from him. This story took me to places and situations I hope I miss in daily life but I must admitt I enjoyed them through the pages of this book, it was a trip worth taking, I gained an understanding of people I try to overlook, read this one.
Tony Lindsay is a gifted writer. This is the first of his books I have read, but if CHASIN' IT is any indication of what this man can write, then he deserves our attention. Brave, he is, taking on an entire novel about the underbelly of society and creating a novel so engrossing that it is almost impossible to put it down once started. While many other very fine authors have written about street life and made credible characters, few have pushed that genre as close to the edge as Tony Lindsay. Terri, the main character, is male who has always perceived himself as a female. He just happens to have been born to a drug addicted prostitute who in turn was mothered by another drug addicted prostitute and Madame, and all along his fascinating life of being a street whore, an 'exotic dancer', a crack head, a thief, a prison inmate, and a murderer, Terri is a survivor. Chicago's mean streets are the background for this story and Lindsay writes so vividly that he must have done extensive research into not only places, atmospheres, lighting, streets, houses, etc, but also the street types and gangsters that run the grunge locale. Lindsay tells his story of the life of Terri in wholly believable flash backs and forward sequences in a style that is the equal of the best writers. In novels of this sort the tendency is to allow them to become picaresque pulp fiction, each page challenging the reader's ability to stomach more grit. But somehow Lindsay tells it all with such natural candor that the story just propels along, 'chasing it'! Every one of his characters is completely three-dimensional: they become people we would recognize if we met them on a night street in the surly neighborhoods of any big city. But another big difference in Lindsay's gift as a writer is that he can create a main character who is a cross-dressing black male and never even come close to making him vulgar or repulsive or used or off the wall. No matter your previous perceptions of transgender people, gays, blacks of the Down Low, addicts, pimps, etc, Lindsay will take you on a ride you will not want to end. This is a motion picture waiting to be made. If only there were film directors with the courage of Tony Lindsay..... This book is an exciting piece, even if you happen to shy away from the darker side of life. Lindsay lets us understand and respect a culture we have never before known! Bravo!