After

In her long awaited fifth novel, acclaimed writer Marita Golden takes another unflinching look into the face of family, race, love and identity.For twelve years Carson Blake inhabited a world of his own creation Scorned by the father who was incapable of showing him affection and nearly consumed by the mean streets of Prince George s County, Maryland, Carson did what no oIn her long awaited fifth novel, acclaimed writer Marita Golden takes another unflinching look into the face of family, race, love and identity.For twelve years Carson Blake inhabited a world of his own creation Scorned by the father who was incapable of showing him affection and nearly consumed by the mean streets of Prince George s County, Maryland, Carson did what no one else could he saved himself After joining the police force and building a family with his wife, Bunny, Carson is finally in control of his life in the enclave where African American wealth and privilege shares the same zip code with black American crime and tragedy Both Carson and his wife have great careers and three beautiful children Roslyn, Roseanne, and Juwan Carson is a devoted father, determined not to be the father that Jimmy Blake was to him But while Juwan s astounding artistic talent is his father s pride, the boy s close relationship with classmate Will conjures up emotions and questions in Carson that threaten to spill over and poison the entire Blake family.And then, one night in March, nearing the end of a routine shift, Carson stops a young black man for speeding He orders Paul Houston to exit the car and drop to his knees But when Houston retrieves something from his waistband and turns to face Carson, three shots are fired, one man loses his life and two families are wrenched from everything that came before and hurled into the haunting future of everything that will come after When it is revealed that Paul, a son of educators and a teacher in Southeast D.C was only holding a cell phone, Carson s carefully woven world begins to unravel.After is a penetrating work of discovery for a man whose life careens than once off the edge of disaster Golden s astounding prose will stay with you long after you ve turned the last page.
After In her long awaited fifth novel acclaimed writer Marita Golden takes another unflinching look into the face of family race love and identity For twelve years Carson Blake inhabited a world of his o

  • Title: After
  • Author: Marita Golden
  • ISBN: 9780767917780
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. After: A Novel, by Marita Golden, begins with the shooting of a young African American teacher for brandishing a cell phone in the dark after being stopped for speeding at night with his headlights off. Ironically, the officer who shot him was an African American father of three. Profiling? Patrolman Carson Blake panicked and fired his weapon after shouting at the younger man to drop whatever was in his hand, but instead the suspect brought that hand up in front of him, as if to aim it at the of [...]

    2. This book had so much potential. After is the story of a black cop, Carson, that shoots and kills an innocent young black man because he thought he was pulling a gun. But it was just a cell phone. Having never shot his gun before and the night mare of killing a man that had a bright future changes Carson's future. It also changes the future for his family and the family of the man that died. I keep waiting to be moved to tears and action. Instead, it kind of just went on. Which I guess is ok but [...]

    3. Excellent! It kept me wondering what was going to happen next, from page 1. It was a very moving story that made the reader understand all sides - thought-provoking.

    4. With all the police violence that's going on in today's society, this book is definitely very relevant. Just didn't have enough action for me I think. Slightly drawn out.

    5. This was a good read. It was well written and gives the reader an honest and emotional view of both sides of a tragedy. It's about a policeman who commits the ultimate act. During a traffic stop, he kills a young black man who he thought was reaching for a gun, only to discover that it was a cellphone. The author paints an open, raw picture of the aftermath of the impact from both sidese young man's family and the officer that killed an innocent young man. This story gets you emotionally and men [...]

    6. The setting of the novel, After is Prince Georges County, Maryland. The author, who lives in the area recounts a fatal tradgedy with a sudden twist. It keeps the reader on edge at all times by telling of many boring, daily life routines and showing how one wrong decision can change everything you know. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because some parts were just a little too detailed what excatly he did in his daily life and at times moved the story slowly. Overall, the book was a nice thriller and I [...]

    7. This book had been on my to read list for awhile after I saw it at our library one day. I must have been reading other stuff at the time because I didn't pick it up at the time. Then someone else checked it out and didn't return it for so long that it went to lost status, which I discovered after I had a renewed interest in it after seeing the author speak at this year's Maryland Library Association conference. A few weeks ago I noticed it was back on the new books exhibit so I checked it out. T [...]

    8. I read this book pretty much non-stop; it was gripping from the jump. It's a psychologically and sociologically dense fictional story of 2 African-American families dealing with the aftermath of a police shooting of an innocent young black man by a black office. It's a powerful exploration of black family life, what it means to be a black man in America, the agonizing process of grief, and the possibility of redemption. Golden's prose is frequently simply rhapsodic. I had not heard of this novel [...]

    9. I heard about After because it won the BCALA (Black Caucus of the American Library Association) award for best novel of 2006. The story is about a police officer who shoots an unarmed man in the course of a traffic stop. Whenever I read about events of this type in the paper, I'm always appalled, but I never took the time to think about how all the different people involved in an event of this kind might feel. That's what this book examines. It's well written and thought-provoking, and it reaffi [...]

    10. This was a book I had to read for my book discussion group. I have to say I couldn't get into the book at all. Although the subject matter would be compelling, the book never held any appeal for me. This author is greatly lauded but her writing style just isn't for me. To each their own.

    11. This book took me much longer than normal to read. I agree with some of the other reviewers that it was tedious at times. However once I finished I really enjoyed it. I think that the author could have done a better job at moving the story a long. I did cry at the end because it did touch me.

    12. An absolute page turner; had me totally engaged from page 1. Immensely thought provoking and full of punch that I couldn't put it down. References of the local area made it even more enjoyable and relatable for me. Thanks Marita for another great book!

    13. Interesting idea; hard to imagine being a police officer, much less one who kills someone. Still, this wasn't a 4-star "really liked it" book. It has that something I can't name that makes a 237-page novel tedious.

    14. It took me awhile to get into this book. It is what I call a "dark" book. It was well written but a sad story about loss and forgiveness.

    15. Set in Prince Georges County, MD. This very believable fiction exploring what happens AFTER a fatal shooting of a suspect at a traffic stop.

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