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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 of sealed 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. My travels through magic realism have taken me to many parts of the world and to cultures and beliefs alien to my own In the case of Red Now and Laters I have been introduced to the world of Creole culture to voodoo traiteurs traditional healers and to the black rodeo circuit stars The book moves in time from the post Civil War Louisina of the 1870s via the 1940s to the ghettos of 1980's Houston Although the book centres on young Ti John and his need to balance the contrary demands of his parents and find his own path to adulthood it also presents the stories of John Frenchy Ti John's father and of their ancestor the Burning Wood Man Nonc Sonnier This gives the book huge depth and it is in the tradition of a number of magic realist books that follow several generations of a family and show the practice of magic being handed down I who knew nothing of Louisiana Creole history found this aspect of the book fascinatingRegular readers of this blog will know that I have interest in traditional healing and that I have reviewed several books that are about the subject such as Bless Me Ultima and The Hummingbird's Daughter Ti John has inherited his father's and his ancestor's gift for healing and must reconcile that with his Catholic education and the streetwise lives of his friends In fact as is so often the way with magic realism the story is very much about reconciling different apparently clashing cultures Such a clash can be destructive and Ti John comes close to throwing away his chances just as his father has done before him Or it can be for the good Will Ti John win throughI enjoyed this book even though at times I needed an interpreter luckily some of the creole phrases are translated as footnotes but other elements such as some of the ghetto slang also needed explaining For my non American readers Now and Laters are a type of sweet and function as a way of buying favours in Ti John's life But don't let the language put you off It's worth itI received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in return for a fair reviewThis review first appeared on the Magic Realism Books Blog

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Red Now and LatersWitnesses 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 goodMultilayered and multigenerational this tremendous literary debut breathes new life into the coming of age novel Red Now and Laters is a poignant and uniuely American story as memorable and flavorful as the candy itself. 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

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Red Now and Laters Review Æ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ã ✍ Red Now and Laters pdf ✎ Author Marcus J. Guillory – Go deep into the heart of 1980s Texan Creole culture in this vivid visceral novel about a gifted boy who comes of age at the crossroads of privilege and pGo 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 Red Now ePUB #220 gift spiritual healing On a regular basis a deceased ancestor visits Ti John announcing. Being a black girl from an immigrant family who lived in the suburbs growing up I know very little about southern or country Black American life I don't know what it is to have creole in your blood or deep southern roots Moreover being the oldest child with a younger sister who grew up with the same circumstances I know nothing about the childhood memories or actions of little black boys The chronicle of Ti'John's life in RED NOW AND LATERS makes me feel like I missed out on a lot Like I want to do my childhood all over again in Alabama or Louisiana Like I wish I had a brother and was a little grown kinda like Royal maybe then I would have had fun as a kid just kidding RED NOW AND LATERS is an enjoyable read from the beginning a spectacular clash of a spiritual realm and the realistic tribulations of being young and male and BlackOne of the most fascinating characters for me is Father Paul BoudreauxI imagine that I could enjoy an entire novel about him alone I was most intrigued by Father's uote And wipe that frown off your face You'se a colored boy You got to learn to make your own gotdamn luckAnyway beyond Father there are a host of other amazing characters like Nonc Sonnier Booger Father Jerome and Noelleall so interesting and multi faceted It is here that Guillory grabs and holds my attention It is his ability to give such care and concern for realistic characters that I appreciate and value the most RED NOW AND LATERS is a fascinating coming of age story that makes you laugh makes you think and keeps you hopeful for its protagonist I recommend this novel and look forward to of Guillory's work