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In Knucklehead, we meet Marcus Hayes, a black law student who struggles, sometimes unsuccessfully, with the impulse to confront everyday bad behavior with swift and antisocial action. The cause of this impulse is unknown to him. When Marcus unexpectedly becomes involved with the brilliant and kind Amalia Stewart, her love and acceptance pacify his demons. But then his demons return, he is no longer inclined to contain them.
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York, USA : Akashic Books, [2018]
Copyright Date: ℗♭2018
ISBN: 9781617755873
Branch Call Number: F SMYER
Characteristics: 316 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Knuckle head


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Feb 06, 2019

Thoroughly likeable protagonist, with a voice shot full (pun intended!) with intelligence, humor, outrage, brutal honestly, unapologetic excess, and heart. I loved this book!!

Feb 21, 2018

Marcus' future is golden: a young black man surging through law school in New York City with flying colors, all but guaranteed a position with a big-name law firm. Marcus' girlfriend Amalia, brilliant and beautiful fellow law student, successfully checks his lifelong compulsion to engage in voluntary verbal and physical altercations. After graduation, California and the good life beckon...

Like others, I had difficulties putting this book down -- often out of sheer fascination, and at other times in the manner of being unable to look away from a train wreck. Very eye-opening, and it reads so genuinely like a non-fictional autobiography that I had to remind myself (likely dozens of times) that it was a work of fiction. I loved the many clever turns of phrase and timeline of cultural events from the '80s and '90s.

I received this ARC via LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.


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