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Red Now and Laters

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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 poverty, life and death.

Meet Ti John, a young boy growing up in Houston in the 1980s, the decade of Reaganomics, disco music, and the candy of choice - red Now and Laters. Raised in a Black Creole family by a voodoo-pract
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Atria Books (first published March 1st 2014)
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Feb 27, 2016 Shanae rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
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Jul 18, 2014 The Book rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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May 03, 2014 Zoe Brooks rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Feb 02, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dec 14, 2014 OOSA rated it liked it
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 his
Paula Schumm
Nov 23, 2013 Paula Schumm rated it really liked it
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
Paula Allen
Apr 21, 2014 Paula Allen rated it really liked it
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, hu
Jun 04, 2015 Buddys_Momma rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The mix of mysticism was great and incorporated very well. This book was altogether humorous, sad, spiritual. Learned a lot about Creole culture and history which is fascinating. The characters were complex , just very human with lumps and bumps and all. A great read.
Feb 27, 2014 D.L. marked it as dnf
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