Slapboxing with Jesus

Slapboxing with Jesus

by Victor LaValle
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Slapboxing with Jesus by Victor LaValle

Twelve original and interconnected stories in the traditions of Junot Díaz and Sherman Alexie. Victor D. LaValle's astonishing, violent, and funny debut offers harrowing glimpses at the vulnerable lives of young people who struggle not only to come of age, but to survive the city streets.

In "ancient history," two best friends graduating from high school fight to be the one to leave first for a better world; each one wants to be the fortunate son. In "pops," an African-American boy meets his father, a white cop from Connecticut, and tries not to care. And in "kids on colden street," a boy is momentarily uplifted by the arrival of a younger sister only to discover that brutality leads only to brutality in the natural order of things.

Written with raw candor, grit, and a cautious heart, slapboxing with jesus introduces an exciting and bold new craftsman of contemporary fiction. LaValle's voices echo long after their stories are told.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307803382
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/20/2011
Series: Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 728,981
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Victor D. LaValle was raised in Flushing and Rosedale, Queens. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English and received his M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Currently he is at work on his first novel.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slapboxing with Jesus is my favorite short story collection.These stories of Queens kids are some of my favorites, especially "Chuckie" and "Class Trip." They have served as models for my own writing, and I never tire of reading them. Also recommended: "Jenna's Flaw"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stunningly funny and complex. No red or yellow lights ahead. This collection of stories reads almost like two novels packed tightly and wonderfully into a single thin volume.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LaValle's book deserves all the praise it had been given and more. I've literally read it three times already. I'm lost in his world and can't imagine how he pulled in so perfectly and totally. Glorious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing collection that wraps its arms around your entire being, allowing entry into a world we know exists but can't quite grasp. The collection is a mixture of states and emotions central to growing up and living in a world brighted by hopes crisscrossed by chain-link boundaries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been biased by this guy already. I saw him in Brooklyn, NY one night and he's the best reader alive. And he's too damn young to have earned it, but still. I bought the book and it's really pretty terrific and when you hear him, it's a damn song.