By Simone Felice
Half love tale, half protest on the damaged gives you mendacity on the center of the yankee Dream, this astonishing debut novel from one of many track world's emerging stars is a passionate, twisted hymn to the marginalized and forgottenBlack Jesus is shy, and a killer.Black Jesus is white as a doveA younger marine returns from Iraq, blinded and scarred by means of a roadside bomb and harboring a poor mystery. referred to as Black Jesus by way of his fellow infantrymen as a result of his identify being Lionel White and his birthday being Christmas Day, he has again to his decaying domestic city to sit down at the back of his mother's junkshop, pop OxyContin, and check out to put out of your mind what he is noticeable. Into his existence in the future rides Gloria, a mysterious younger dancer who's fleeing darkness and violence of a distinct type, and with whom he unearths unforeseen love.
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With the rain streaming sideways down the window and a man coughing in the booth behind her and the painkiller she took not helping her leg at all, she sits in this depressed waystation and opens the pamphlet, this relic of her past she’s carried with her through all the moves, all the tears and changes: A phone rings in the lobby of the Tigris Hotel but the man at the desk can’t answer it because he’s dead. The plastic flowers by his hand are just as still as he is and PFC Lionel White is in the stairwell, his black machine gun crossed at his chest, his back to the plaster wall.
Says Black Jesus. ‘Beats me,’ says Deb. ‘Some chick on a scooter. Looks to me like she’s got a screw loose. ’ The girl plants her feet in the gravel and takes her helmet off and holds it to her chest and looks around as if she’d just been shaken from a long sleep, some breed of skinny amnesiac in greasy blue jeans come to take her bearings in a world she’d like to get to know again. 50 Firm’. The visitor doesn’t answer straight away. She weighs the question the loud lady by the blue tarp just asked and weighing it decides that the kind of help she’s really come to need at this hour of her life might be too much to ask of anyone.
He doesn’t answer. She tries again. ’ ‘Come down and you’ll see,’ she says, and then quietly to herself, ‘What’s wrong with you, Debbie? ’ She hears him shuffling around, his footsteps in the attic, and she goes to the top of the ladder and tries to take his hand but he pulls it away and says, ‘I can do it. ’ ‘I just wanna make sure you—’ ‘I’m a Marine, Mom,’ he says and his voice is strange. ‘Okay, babe. You’re right. I’m sorry,’ she says. ’ In a little while he appears at the top of the ladder in grey jogging pants and makes his way down slowly, rung by rung.
Black Jesus by Simone Felice