Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

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by Jackie Alexander
     
 

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From renowned playwright Jackie Alexander comes a captivating, masterfully told coming-of-age novel of a young man struggling through his haunting past to discover and save himself.

Stigmatized at birth due to his interracial parentage and reared in a household poisoned by domestic abuse, Kevin Matthews is orphaned at age ten after losing his mother to a

Overview

From renowned playwright Jackie Alexander comes a captivating, masterfully told coming-of-age novel of a young man struggling through his haunting past to discover and save himself.

Stigmatized at birth due to his interracial parentage and reared in a household poisoned by domestic abuse, Kevin Matthews is orphaned at age ten after losing his mother to a violent attack at the hands of his father, who is jailed for the crime. Raised by his paternal grandfather, a Baptist Minister who instills values of the church as a base for recovery, Kevin is content with life in rural Louisiana during the 1970s until disturbing news surfaces
regarding his mother's attack—news that sheds doubt on his father's guilt, and leads Kevin to relive painful memories. As Kevin grows up, the emotional scars of his childhood cast dark clouds over his relationships with women, and his life begins to spiral out of control. Faced with losing all that he loves, Kevin is forced to confront the man who holds the key to his salvation, his father.
Our Daily Bread is a rich and compelling coming-of-age story of a young boy whose journey takes us from the bayous of Louisiana to the big city lights of New York and Paris. Examining family, race, religion, and the lingering effects of domestic abuse, Our Daily Bread questions what defines one's legacy: the surroundings we are born into, or the choices we make thereafter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014926546
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company KY
Publication date:
08/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
252
File size:
354 KB

Meet the Author

Jackie Alexander was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is an actor, writer, and director, whose debut film, Joy, was honored with a 2002 Best Feature Film Award by The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. As a playwright, his work has been produced Off-Broadway, and regionally throughout the country. He lives in New York.

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Our Daily Bread 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story to the very end. It was very well written. The author's description of the characters was very easy to follow, defined so well i felt as though i knew them personally. I hated to see this book end! Hopefully, there will be a sequel.
Waltermac More than 1 year ago
I met Jackie Alexander after seeing his play, Brothers from the Bottom. It was an amazing evening of theatre, so when I saw the book on sale in the lobby after the show, I decdied to buy a copy, and I'm so happy I did. This kid is an amazing storyteller. I could not put the book down. Great characters, intriguing storyline, and settings that capture the imagination. I really enjoyed it.