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Solomon Turner is a young successful advertising executive on Wall Street living out the dream of the black bourgeoisie, a luxurious lifestyle on New York’s upper eastside with his financially independent girlfriend. After getting caught for infidelity his life begins to spiral out of control. His fall from grace will have him contemplating suicide and crossing paths with the underbelly of society. Joseph Harrison, fresh from a seven year prison stint, is saddled with a pregnant fiancé and job prospects of menial labor until he comes up with a plan. The brazen bank heist will deliver him from his sleepy small town in South Carolina and land him in a D.C. Shelter while trying to evade authorities. Their lives will intertwine amid the power elite of America’s Capital with effects that will leave them all changed. American Delinquents grapples with the “System” using the largest shelter in the country as a backdrop.
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Jul 12, 2012At first glance you might be intimidated by the size and print of this book. However, if you enjoy history, politics and quirky entertainment then you will thoroughly enjoy this body of work. Garrison does a great job of mixing the complexity of the homelessness epidemic in the U.S. and the humanity, humor and resilience of the human spirit.
Apr 11, 2012By tobi78 Apr 11, 2012 A great storyteller is emerging in our midst. This is the conclusion I reached upon completing Kehinde Garrison’s debut novel, American Delinquents. This work offers glimpses into the lives of an unforgettable cast of characters. As their stories unfold, you realize that these are not trite characters that you’ve encountered before neither are their stories predictable tales that we’ve seen and heard again and again. As the story progresses, there are several revelations that are particularly noteworthy because of the (1) element of surprise (for me, this is especially true of Solomon) or (2) the unforgettably disturbing nature (this is especially true of Albert). With each chapter, more of the characters are revealed in scenarios that evoke strong reactions ranging from anger and disgust (toward the characters, not the novel) to relief and satisfaction (for the outcome that some of the characters experience). Reading this book is an immersive experience in... More > which the writer’s... More > imagination spins a tale that slowly builds to a truly entertaining and engaging climax. To be fair and balanced, there are instances of typographical errors and in some instances there is a little too much detail that hinders the progression of the plot. These factors, however, do not overshadow Garrison’s talent for imaginative and original storytelling.< Less
Jun 21, 2010Washington DC's Street Sense American Delinquents: An Edurtainment Novel By Jessica Neal, volunteer Kehinde Garrison is not afraid to mix literary genres while addressing societal concerns in this hip-hop novel. Nonfiction, fantasy, mystery and fate are united to analyze American society and the victims of capitalism in his debut novel, "American Delinquents: An Edurtainment Novel." With whirlwind subplots and numerous underlying themes, Garrison is in a race to develop characters, a plot and his own ideological agenda. In the form of intertwining vignettes, four main characters’ personal battles and journeys bring the tale to life, culminating in the District of Columbia’s Community for Creative Non-Violence shelter. Joseph Harrison, jilted by capitalism, attempts to evade its core principles by robbing a bank in his South Carolina town. However, he fails to overcome some of capitalism's downsides of sex, drugs, irrational spending and its burden— the overwhelming desire to... More > accomplish the “American Dream”with a family in a home of his own. Solomon, in New York by way of Frederick, Md., is the archetype of the highs and lows of "keeping up with the Joneses" in the corporate world. Regina Dierhorn, from a Native American reservation in New Mexico, struggles with gender, race and upward mobility in the male-dominated FBI. Under the mask of charity, good nature and community advocacy, Albert Wojciechowski operates an unethical nonprofit — exploiting the residents he used to dine among — and leads an immoral private life. In the end, these four completely different characters climatically collide together with a suicide, police raid, several homicides and one promising act of kindness.< Less
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- September 28, 2011
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- African American ,
- Homelessness ,
- Native American ,
- American Indian ,
- Asian American ,
- Navajo Reservation ,
- Relationships ,
- Interracial-Relationships ,
- Mental-Illness ,
- Miscegenation ,
- Jail ,
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- Gun Violence ,
- Slavery ,
- Suicide ,
- Shelters ,
- Drug Abuse
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