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Welfare Grind by Kendall Banks
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Feb 02, 2013

really liked it
Read from February 02 to September 24, 2013

Keema Newell is a Land Shark. There is no other way to put it. She is to society what sharks are to Shark Week. She was born to "eat food", slang for getting money. Keema even named each one of her children after money: Treasure, Cash and Dinero. And she looks at them as her "investments". What's worse, she's keeping her boyfriend Dupree's autistic son, Shane. Dupree is a drug dealer that stashes drugs, money and guns in Keema's apartment. Legality and morals are not a part of her DNA.

Kendall Banks writes in a tight, concise style that leaves no room for downtime. Something scandalous is happening on every page, in every paragraph and in every sentence. Normally, hood stories are stereotypical and trite. "Welfare Grind" has every element and effect that is par for the course in Urban Fiction, but the difference is quality execution. There were a few editing issues here and there, but those gaffes didn't destroy the momentum. Banks has an impeccable eye for detail and did a great job of weaving together different scenarios in a way that only a master storyteller can.

If you're looking for happy endings and altruistic values, go find another book to read. If you want to be entertained by a story full of drugs, sex and violence written in a way challenges you to figure out just how deceitful a person can get in her journey to leave the hood life for the good life, give "Welfare Grind" by Kendall Banks a chance. You won't be disappointed.

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Karma Jones Land Shark.. I like that

Joey Pinkney Why, thank you. You'll see what I mean if you read the book. She's treacherous.

Karma Jones I read it already! I know exactly what you mean

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