Hold Love Strong
In this poignant tale of self-discovery, a young man struggles to survive the New York City housing projects in the face of familial, communal, and personal devastation.
Born to a thirteen-year-old in the bathroom of his family's small apartment, Abraham Sing leton enters a world laden with the obstacles inherent in an impoverished community. In spite of the crack epidemic...more
This story makes ...more
Having not grown up in the projects or experienced that myself ...more
And that I definitely did! This is an incredibly well-written story of survival, of the indomitable spirit of a child who wanted something different than the way of life he was living. Abraham, the main character, is so real that even after I have already put the book away, even knowing it is labeled fiction, I think of that ...more
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This book should be required reading for everyone. EVERYONE.
This beautifully written novels tells the story of Abraham Singleton known as A by his family, a young African American male who is born into a world many today would find hard to understand. The story takes place in projects of New York, a section that everyone refers to as Ever Park.
Drugs, violence, and poverty are constant struggles that A and his family face on a daily basis. A's mother had him whe ...more
The difficulty of breaking the poverty cycle when the odds are against you. The love of a family when "babies raising babies" is not gender specific but communal and yet the determination to hope for better becomes the drive that sustains. This is the journey of one male from infancy to college and the lives that subsidizes his flight including death, pushing drugs, disability, violence, incarceration and intimidation.
Very well done. Integration of strong language with strong ...more
1. It evokes, so completely, a place I've never been to and certainly never thought I'd be in love with, with language that feels so honest and so loving that I'm blown completely away.
2. The main character, Abraham Singleton, named not after that white guy who freed slaves, but "the old man in the Bible that God said was gonna be the father of a great people as numerous as the stars," is so well loved by people so completely a mes ...more
My one big problem with this book is that the N word seems to be used in almost every sentence. But that is just my own personal distaste for the word. I see that it worked for the characters.
Other than that, it's quite a touching story of a young black man and his challenge to make something of his life despite the challenges of growing up in such a terrible environment.
Abraham, the main character, seems to be constantly ...more