Everybody Knows What Time It Is: But No One Can Stop the Clock


The future South is not what it used to be. In the year 2020, when no one can see clearly, three of the South's children find themselves embroiled a twisted tale of music, murder, sex . . . and history.

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The future South is not what it used to be. In the year 2020, when no one can see clearly, three of the South's children find themselves embroiled a twisted tale of music, murder, sex . . . and history.

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Set in the South of 2020, this latest work by Martin (Dysfunction Junction) introduces 30-year-old Zip, frustrated, living at home, and sick of his low-paying job as a hotel reservationist. He leaves Memphis for Atlanta and uses his talent and charisma to land a job as a lounge singer. Meanwhile, successful engineer Siedah is in New Orleans, dreaming of a man worthy of her love. Enter unemployed professor Dennis Johnston, who tracks Zip down after determining that he is a descendant of a Civil War major and slave trader and convinces him to join him on a modern-day treasure hunt starting at the major's mansion in Memphis. Siedah is given an assignment by her employer to locate the blueprints of that same mansion, and sparks fly between Zip and Siedah when all three protagonists cross paths. VERDICT Though the novel occasionally shifts narrators and time periods with little explanation, Martin's colorful language will draw in readers. Fans of African American and modern Southern fiction should enjoy this book.—Shaunna Hunter, Hampden-Sydney Coll. Lib., VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608010110
  • Publisher: University of New Orleans Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    Comic, Ironic, Absurd... A Must Read!

    The future South is not what it used to be. In the year 2020, when no one can see clearly, three of the South¿s children find themselves embroiled a twisted tale of music, murder, sex, and history.

    WINNER Best Novel in Manuscript, Deep South Writers Competition

    ¿Reginald Martin¿s brilliant fiction is comic, bawdy, and full of irony and absurdity; it reads like the extended tall tale of folklore and includes trickster comedy involving excretory and reproductive functions. Martin¿s characters are hip, intellectual, comfortable or even well off; they¿re worldly, aware of tradition, and able to explain their condition, but they¿re still troubled. Martin suggests that the adversaries of the past were clear cut; those of modern times are difficult to identify or are so they even elude definition.¿

    ¿ Ishmael Reed, author of Flight to Canada

    ¿A brilliant work set in the future South. Timeless.¿
    ¿ Ernest Gaines, author of A Gathering of Old Men

    "First he redoes the critical way to view the African subtext for fiction in Ishmael Reed and the New Black Aesthetic Critics, then he redefined how we corresponded with our own erotic natures in Erotique Noire, and now in Everybody Knows he invents new fiction structures that mirror their characters¿ pathologies and suggest cures for all of us without preaching and while constantly entertaining. What next from this writer who not only seems to write everything so well, but also write about things in ways that no one has ever written before?"
    ¿ Lane Wilkins, author of The Life and Times of Gus Johnson

    ¿I saw these stories grow from small crots of Reginald Martin¿s sophisticated nightspot covers into the finished piece of Afro-Americana this novel most certainly now is. It is clear to me now that Martin¿s writing pre-exists him, but can only come through him as the medium. Really amazing.¿
    ¿ Francois Camoin, author of Truth in Fiction

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