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Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Ingram Pub Services
Publication date October 21, 2014
Pages 559
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781497679962
ISBN-10 1497679966
Dimensions 1.50 by 5.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $21.99
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Summaries and Reviews
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The acclaimed author returns to her fictional East L.A. community with a “nuanced, unsentimental portrait” of a young black man’s coming of age (Los Angeles Times).
 
Unlike most of Darnell Tucker’s friends, he grew up with a father. But at twenty, he finds that following in his father’s footsteps is no easy road. Living in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Rio Seco, Darnell and his wife, Brenda, will soon have a new daughter to raise. But Darnell’s job at the California Department of Forestry, where he is the lone black firefighter at station 42, is being cut due to a shortage in funding.
 
As Darnell moves on to endless nights as a security guard, he dreams of setting up his own landscaping business—but the path he’s chosen will lead him to fight the sorts of fires any young black man must face in contemporary America.
 
In this moving novel, “Susan Straight opens up a whole world . . . where the language is often not lush but hard and rough as concrete” (Los Angeles Times). With Blacker Than a Thousand Midnights, the National Book Award finalist reaffirms her reputation as “a writer of exceptional gifts and grace” (Joyce Carol Oates).


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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780786860036
 
from Hyperion Books (June 1, 1994)
9780786860036 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.60 lbs | List price $21.45
About: A look at a Black man who attempts to live within convention chronicles the life of Darnell Tucker, a firefighter, who attempts to fulfill his wife, his family, and his attraction to the dark destructiveness of fire
Paperback
Book cover for 9780385474344 Book cover for 9781497679962
 
The price comparison is for this edition
from Ingram Pub Services (October 21, 2014)
9781497679962 | details & prices | 559 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $21.99
About: The acclaimed author returns to her fictional East L.
Reprint edition from Anchor Books (June 1, 1995)
9780385474344 | details & prices | 388 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $17.00
About: As his friends embrace California's street life, Darnell Tucker, a young black firefighter and handyman, tries to support his fledgling family and keep himself honest, even while he finds himself drawn to the forces of destruction.

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