The Moanin' After

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This is a story of David Richmond, a man struggling to reclaim his own equilibrium in a time of personal crisis along with the unexpected death of his best friend.

It is a look at his journey from promiscuous party animal, to sober, mentally stable adult by way of analysis.

It is also an exhilarating look at a period in New York City when life was about parties, dancing, meaningless encounters in the dark, and...

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This is a story of David Richmond, a man struggling to reclaim his own equilibrium in a time of personal crisis along with the unexpected death of his best friend.

It is a look at his journey from promiscuous party animal, to sober, mentally stable adult by way of analysis.

It is also an exhilarating look at a period in New York City when life was about parties, dancing, meaningless encounters in the dark, and then the somber after effects of such behavior in the age of AIDS.

It is a tale about ghosts and intrigue, hope, ambition, and mystery.

Most of all, it is an unapologetic look at urban life, its joys and pitfalls, and ultimately the days and nights of reckoning where secrets are revealed and love is tested to see if it is indeed as David Richmond proclaims, "a verb!" The Moaning After is all this, and so much more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933967356
  • Publisher: Urban Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    He did it again!!!!

    I just finished L.M. Ross' latest gift to the world. Once again, Mr. Ross has given the us a profound gift and another taste of his genius. I LOVED The Moanin' After. Far too often these days, African-American authors of 'gay' material or otherwise, tend to write for (what seems to be) readers with a 7th grade education, at best. Not this writer! He really takes you on an emotional journey, in which maturity and intelligence is a must as well as some experience in that indefinable condition known as the human heart. As with his brilliant work before this - Manhood, The Longest Moan - again, Mr. Ross made me think..and not just coast along, when reading. How refreshing. How challenging. How adult. How REAL! He made me use my brain, and more importantly - my heart! Congratulations, Mr. Ross. You deserve KUDOS! If you crave intelligent, adult reading with raw and heartfelt emotion - this one's for you! We need more from you, Mr. Ross! Thus, we wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    'No book, no story, no plot, just a journey through Love.'

    LM Ross continues the story of his highly successful novel MANHOOD with this sequel THE MOANIN' AFTER and in every way it is the equal to his first foray into the lives of four African American men, friends since childhood, but disseminated by fate, fortunes, and lessons in life. Ross' skill at joining street talk with descriptive elegant prose is very much present here. Few authors can handle colloquialisms and slang with such fierce rhythm while keeping the descriptive portions of the writing so rich in poetic color and so liquid in flow. It is a gift that serves Ross well in creating a novel that moves briskly through the lives past and present of his four main characters and allows him the ability to seamlessly introduce (or re- surface) other characters in this well-paced novel. Reading LM Ross recalls two music forms: the atmosphere and narration of the story are definitely from the Blues mold, while the technique Ross embraces in telling his tale is pure Jazz - themes, riffs, solo runs, scat, and the magic of having the ensemble come together in a climactic end. Knowing that every reader may not have read MANHOOD, Ross adroitly references the beginnings of the four lead characters: David Donatello Richmond (dancer), Pascal 'Face' Depina (model), Tyrone Hunter (writer), and Faison 'Browny' Brown (singer) joined forces as a music group 'Da Elixir' in high school and had a short success with a hit song. The four become men, some fall in love with each other while others fall in love with fame and money and drugs and addiction, some go their separate ways, some die in the AIDS scourge, some marry and some have children almost accidentally, and as the four men diminish one is left as the narrator of the spent lives - David tells this story in both active time as he is wasting from AIDS and from reflections after his closet friend of the four (Tyrone) dies and leaves his inheritance to David. The loves and losses of each of the four men are explored by David's experiences with his Psychiatrist, with women bonded to each of the men, with gay lovers and fleeting forays, and with the ever present challenges of living in New York City. As David states, 'When you're a dancer, you're also a body actor. You had to be observant - and you keep observing until it becomes a reliable muscle....I became the most observant student of the others.' The central Blues theme of the book is David's coping with the loss of Tyrone, a man whose life and spirit continue to haunt him after Tyrone's death. David seeks advice not only from his doctor but also from a spiritualist, he sees Tyrone's 'ghost', discovers secrets about all of his acquaintances from Tyrone's journals, and finally decides he cannot exit life without returning to this first love - the stage - and there he unveils the realities of being a black gay queen in a public confessional ('From Fag to Man, The Journey') that draws the story toward its conclusion. 'Love is a verb' is a phrase David often repeats and it serves as a signpost for his dealing with every situation, good and bad, that he encounters. Through some terrifying sequences and many sensuously beautiful love scenes Ross paints the lives of unforgettable characters like a fine jazz session, all the while peppering his pages with 'scat- like' idiomatic dialog. Stepping back from THE MOANIN' AFTER the reader realizes that the book is packed with a wide variety of characters, and yet each of them is so well developed (even in a mere few pages at times) that every character is an integral part to the story. It would not be fair to ignore the fact that this novel has many editorial mishaps: words are inadvertently repeated, pronoun references are misplaced, punctuation errors stop the eye from smooth reading, etc. - all minor flaws but ones that should have been addressed by careful edi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    And the beat goes on..........

    And the beat goes on¿¿¿¿¿¿¿.for the past two weeks I felt as though I was holding a beating heart in the palms of my hands the heart that belonged to that of Mr. L. M. Ross. ¿The Moanin After¿ was worth the wait and a moan that was needed. With this beating heart, Ross stepped up to the challenge and proved that there is life after death, life after tragedy and life after disease. Ross makes us aware of the fact that no matter what may happen or whom ever it may happen to, life indeed goes on. This novel was more than just a novel. It was a lesson on life with the most important point being that your life speaks whether you are dead or alive. Each day we live we create our own legacy with a permanent marker that will be our story until the end of mankind. Love was another important lesson in this story. We each love and desire to be loved in our own unique way and if we stopped to understand this in others, most of us would realize that the love we so desire is right in front of our eyes. Also, Love is not a quitter. It endures through the toughest of times. You can¿t break up with love. Although the first novel was titled ¿Manhood,¿ this story was David¿s manhood. David had to cope, accept and embrace. David the dancer was used to using his legs to dance, but now David had to use his legs to simply stand. While David appeared to have lost his rhythm he never struggled with the beat. Once again, Ross has mastered the art of placing the reader inside of the story. I felt as if I was one of David¿s ghost watching him, listening to him and following him. I fell in love with David in ¿Manhood the Longest Moan,¿ but here in his moanin I began to respect and honor him. This is a timeless masterpiece.

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