The Residue Years

The Residue Years

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Fresh out of a treatment program and back home, Grace tries to stay clean and to get her kids back. Her youngest two have been living with their father, across town and in another world. Champ, her eldest, has been holding it down in the neighborhood, trying to keep on track, in school, and doing the right thing by his mother and little brothers. However, the lure of the street and the need for money has pulled him into the ubiquitous drug trade.As Grace looks for work, turns to God, does her level best to avoid the people and the haunts of her crack-smoking days, her son Champ dares to dream a solution: a house, and a united family under one roof. In a misguided effort to secure funds for a family home, he tumbles deeper and deeper into the rough trade of drug dealing.Told in a voice that sings with the rhythms of poetry and the language of the street, The Residue Years is about a world of few choices and little opportunity, of drug dealers and drug users, sometimes within the same family. But mostly it's about family against all odds: a son's guarded love for his mother and a mother desperate for a second chance at love with her sons.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781620400302
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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lukasevansherman
Sep 24, 2016

"Most of us, if we're lucky, we see a few seconds of the high life. And the rest are the residue years." Striking, moving autobiographical first novel by former Portlander Mitchell S. Jackson. Set in 1990s Portland during the crack epidemic, "The Residue Years" puts a black protagonist into one of the whitest, most liberal (and most clueless) cities in America. Jackson's venacular style and switch between perspecitves can be jarring, but this is a novel for this moment: alive, individual, and
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LMcShaneCLE Sep 09, 2015

Meet the author-- Sat, September 19th 2:00 p.m. Main Library, Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium. http://cpl.org/writers-readers/#MitchellSJackson

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franque
Jul 11, 2015

I liked this book. It took a while to get into because the rhetoric is a combination of Ebonics/street talk mixed with collegiate vocabulary test words that at first didn't mix in my linear brain. But after a while the stories washed over me & I found myself rooting for the main characters, Grace and Champ, to get it together & find a way to live their lives with some serenity. This book at heart really is about people struggling to save themselves from themselves or from the demons that lurk with them. If your from PDX like I am, you'll enjoy the names of familiar streets and locations. This is a sad book for sure, but that mustard seed is still planted in its pages.

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DebH2U
Mar 23, 2015

Took a while to get into the story because the language and lingo was often unfamiliar, but once I got the hang of it, I really loved this story. Very poignant and real to life. A tale of family and hardship, love and determination. Well-written. Heart-wrenching.

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sunshine1954
Jan 17, 2015

5 stars, excellent writing, griping story of survival while dealing with drug dealing and addiction.

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