A stark, gritty, and often darkly comedic depiction of race relations and life in the hood, told from alternating points of view and the first person dialects of five main characters, Uprising transports the reader to 1992 L.A. as the city awaits intense anticipation the Rodney King trial verdict.
Black, smart, straight and savvy, Anwar Branch (an 18 year old senior in high school) has fallen in love with Sonja Macetti, the white, beautiful and somewhat disoriented daughter of Mike Macetti, a Shane-like man with a dark past, whose current mission is to protect his hood from the recent invasion of the Crips into a crackhouse down the block. Gunther Branch, Anwar's father-having left his family in disgrace, moved to another hood, and become a Blood-also desires above anything else to come home again and destroy the Crips who are threatening his family. With no father and a crackhead mother, 18 year old Ishmael Smith has recently joined the Crips and lives in the crackhouse with Rayhab, the baddest gangsta of them all, who has set up shop in this hood precisely because Macetti lives there and he's finally tracked him down after a seven year odyssey around the country.
When the riot breaks out, the characters become involved in some of its most infamous and disturbing events. With thematic allusions to Moby Dick, authentic dialects and dialogue, and crisp pacing, Uprising is at once literary, a good read, and cinematic.
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About the Author
Been there, done that, Baldwin currently teaches college and operates Edit911, Inc. and Baldwin Book Publishing. He's published a scholarly study of Ernest Hemingway and numerous articles in various literary journals. An Uprising of Angels is his first published novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story brings to life a tragic event in US history. To tell the truth, I didn't follow the trial. Once they released the video on TV I thought it was a no-brainer. Of course, they were guilty of excessive force. When the riots broke out I was surprised. When I found out why, I was shocked. The story chronicles a cross-section of life before, during and after 'the event'. Powerful story-telling. I am looking forward to more from this author.