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Red Now and Laters

by Marcus J. Guillory

Red Now and Laters
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  • First Published:
    Mar 2014, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Mar 2015, 352 pages

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Growing up in a rough neighborhood of Houston, a young black boy discovers the power of his Creole heritage in this visceral coming-of-age novel.

In an author's note, Marcus J. Guillory opens his debut novel with a personal revelation: he traces his heritage to the American Creoles, known for their powerful story-telling. Thus, he subtly implies, we are in good hands for the story to come. And we are.

Red Now and Laters is a gorgeous, visceral coming-of-age story about Ti'John (short for Petit John, fully John Paul Boudreaux Jr.), a young black boy descended from the Creoles. He is growing up on the gritty streets of South Park, Houston in the '70s and '80s. A once hopeful post-WWII development, South Park has "slammed its brakes and skidded violently into a telephone pole called 'progress.'" White flight and Reaganonomics have ensured that economic progress doesn't have much to do with Ti'John's life.

From an early age, Ti'John is exposed to the realities of urban blight, where ...

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