[ Pdf Red Now and Laters ¼ x-men PDF ] by Marcus J. Guillory ¼ Red Now and Laters is the coming of age tale of a spiritually gifted young boy in the 1980s Ti John balances being a normal teen all while accepting his stance in the supernatural Plagued with visions of former ancestors and the gift of healing that was passed down through several generations, he maintains as best he can to be a normal teen Guillory s debut novel, Red Now and Laters is multilayered with elements of voodoo, Creole traditions and the vibe of 1980s Houston Very well written, humorous, and sometimes frightening, it was a great read.
Enjoyed the history of Houston in this book Many personal ties to all Guillorys here so this was an interesting read for me.
Go Deep Into The Heart Of S Texan Creole Culture In This Vivid, Visceral Novel About A Gifted Boy Who Comes Of Age At The Crossroads Of Privilege And Poverty, Life And DeathMeet Ti John, A Young Boy Growing Up In Houston In The S, The Decade Of Reaganomics, Disco Music, And The Candy Of Choice Red Now and Laters Raised In A Black Creole Family By A Voodoo Practicing Father And Strict Catholic Mother, He Is Blessed With A Special Gift Spiritual Healing On A Regular Basis, A Deceased Ancestor Visits Ti John, Announcing Himself With The Smell Of Smoke And Serving As A Spiritual GuideBut The Community Ti John Belongs To Isn T Easy It Turned From White And Middle Class To Black And Poor After The Oil Bubble Burst In The S, And The Flood OfSealed Its Current Fate As A Ghetto Ti John Struggles To Remain An Ordinary Kid, But Even With A Rodeo Star Father He Idolizes, An Overprotective Mother Who Forbids Him To Play With The Neighborhood Hoodlums, And The Help Of Supernatural Guides, Nothing Can Shield Ti John From The Rough Side Of Inner City Life He Witnesses Violence And Death, Gets His Heart Broken By Girls, Feels The Anger Of His Own Embittered Father, Struggles To Live Up To His Mother S Middle Class Aspirations All While Trying To Become The Man He S Expected To Be Will Ti John Fall Prey To The Bad Side Of Life Or Will He Recognize And Hold On To The Good Multilayered And Multigenerational, This Tremendous Literary Debut Breathes New Life Into The Coming Of Age Novel Red Now and Laters Is A Poignant And Uniquely American Story, As Memorable And Flavorful As The Candy Itself It had me from the first line God s tears were brown Set in Houston s South Park neighbourhood in the 1980s, this unusual and engaging debut novel tells the coming of age story of young black Creole boy Ti John, growing up with his Catholic and aspirational mother and his cowboy Voodoo practicing father Ti John has to navigate through the tough streets of Houston and the harsh realities of poor urban life, whilst at the same time coming to terms with the visits of Nonc Sonnier, his dead ancestor and spiritual guide, for as well as being a child of his time it appears that Ti John has also inherited the power of healing The 1980s is set against post Civil War history from the 1870s to the 1940s and 50s, giving a glimpse into the Creole culture of Louisiana and the role magic, Voodoo and healing play within the Creole community, and which still pervade the urban ghetto.
This is a fascinating and Excellent story I didn t want it to ever end Unfortunately the telling was a little uneven here and there characters show up, but then disappear as though they were never there, sometimes the action is glossed over and not fleshed out to the point where it s hard to tell what actually happened.
A Gift Ti John is a young boy being raised in a Black Creole family His dad is a voodoo practicing Cowboy and his mom is a strict Catholic Ti John has a gift of healing he got from his father s side of the family Great responsibility comes with this gift Will it be beneficial or a hindrance Red Now and Laters starts out a little slow, but eventually picks up The book goes back and forth between the lives of Ti John and his father, which was confusing at first I thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspects shared and greatly appreciated the translations provided Despite my difficulties, I would recommend with caution.
Reviewed by Jas
Thanks to NetGalley and Atria books for this advance copy of Red Now and Laters Red Now and Laters is the story of TiJohn Boudreaux He grows up in 1980s Houston in the ghetto TiJohn is part Creole with roots in Louisiana This is a novel of his struggle to survive and pull himself out of poverty while remaining true to himself and his family Marcus Guillory gives us a glimpse into Creole culture, witchcraft, racism, and religion while creating believable characters in this engaging coming of age novel.
Red Now and Laters is a unique coming of age story that takes place in Houston, TX In the 1980 s, an era where disco music was still popular and Now and Laters were the candy of choice Raised in a Black Creole family by a voodoo practicing father and strict Catholic mother, Ti John s childhood is anything but ordinary Ti John has visions of long dead ancestors Ti John has a special gift that has been passed down from generation to generation to him from his father s side The gift of spiritual healing Ti John begins to get regular visits from Nonc Sonnier, his spirit guide and deceased ancestor on a pretty regular basis Ti John does his best to be a normal teenager, all while trying to come to terms with his place in the world and within the spiritual world Red Now and Laters takes you on a journey into unknown waters, through a generation steeped in tradition, creole cult