The hip-hop culture on the south side of Chicago links these short stories that are otherwise very different from each other in subject and approach. Stark scenes of gang violence, drug use, and prison life are contrasted with light and humorous stories, and the grittiness of urban life is softened by the preoccupations of adolescence, the chance for romance, or the ordinary moments of family life.
""Deliciously rife with power, sleaze, and treachery."" -""Chicago"" magazine ""First-time novelist Benson concocts a well thought-out story composed of equal parts political thriller, . . . romance, and upscale urban mystery taken right out of today's headlines. . . . The denouement is shocking."" ""-Black Issues Book Review "" ""[A] FAST-PACED POLITICAL THRILLER . . . The hallmark of any good suspense novel is that it keeps you guessing. And Benson doesn't disappoint. When readers reach the surprise ending . . . they'll be eager for the next installment in this series."" ""-Jet ""magazine"" "" ""HIS TIMELY PLOT AND WELL-DRAWN CHARACTERS BODE WELL FOR FUTURE ENDEAVORS."" -""ForeWord"" magazine
No One Can Be At Peace Unless They Have Freedom
""HornMan"" is a poetry collection dedicated to the legendary musician, Von Freeman.
Kim L Dulaney
Where I've Been
Contemporary urban America comes alive in this eclectic compilation of short and flash fiction with an inner-city aesthetic filtered through the brevity of hip-hop culture.
Circle of Stone
Shrouded in mystery, and set in Depression-era Arkansas, Circle of Stone
takes readers on a journey from powerlessness to power as a group of Blacks unite to overcome the brutality
forced upon them by Southern whites. Determined to fight back against racial oppression, the Blacks of
“Colored Town” form a secret society known as “The Circle”, where they devise clever tactics and quietly
begin to turn the tables on their abusers.
Interweaved with entertaining tales of “town people”, Circle of Stone is a testament to the strength of unity and
educated activism. It is also the first book of this magnitude to be published, one in which Black’s strategically
and collectively win.
What happens to fraternal love when identical twins stop being identical? To romantic love when indiscretions done in the dark have
a secret witness? What happens to a family when the love that binds also strangles? Inspired by Egyptian mythology and young America’s coming-of-age story, AMERICUS follows the lives of rambunctious identical twins Asar and Set Americus. After Set contracts vitiligo (a
skin disease that fades body pigmentation in patches), he goes from family favorite to stare-provoking freak at 10-years-old. When Set’s
super-capable mother can’t keep her promise to cure him, Set blames her, but not more than she blames herself.
“... in an era of white mob violence that crested and broke in the early decades of the twentieth century, Michael Datcher weaves a narrative of three generations of sons trying to cultivate and maintain their manhood against relentless forces. Simultaneously a mythic novel and a historical one, AMERICUS is a story of the monsters that emerge from the monstrosities of American history. With this novel, Datcher joins August Wilson and Toni Morrison as an American storyteller.”
--P. Gabrielle Foreman
Ned B. Allen Professor of English & Black Studies,
The University of Delaware
A poem distinguishing the difference between loneliness and aloneness, and the virtue of the latter.
Eric Lee Bowers
Best of friends since college, Chance and Roberta Williams and Michael and Lauren Hubbs have perfect relationships, perfect careers, and perfect lives. Or do they? A freak accident takes Roberta's life, leaving the three remaining friends with a shattered reality: their perfect existence is nothing more than an illusion masked by secrets, deception, and jealousy. The loss of his wife and unborn child being too much to bear, Chance gives in to grief. Quickly evolving into a psychotic killer, he creates for his remaining friends a world that is something short of a nightmare. ""Asunder"" is a thriller that will leave readers on the edge of the seat.