This novel, about New York City and the slave trade, got a great review from the U.S. Review of Books. Most people don't know that, on the eve of our Civil War, New York City was the center of the North Atlantic slave trade; ships from here picked up slaves on the west coast of Africa and delivered them to the Spanish colony of Cuba, where the authorities weren't enforcing the ban on the trade. How did the slavers get away with it? And how did seemingly respectable people, women as well as men, hide their involvement in the trade? It's quite a story.
What a target! All I'd need is ...
|A mystery that no one ever explained to me. No "Music for Dummies" back then.|
Detecting a false note, she would single out the culprit (usually a him and often me) and make him correct his singing. She usually called me “boy” or “Browder.” rarely by my first name. Though intelligent and sensitive, she was mean and sour, with a wry sense of humor. Once she told us how, when growing up in Texas, she fell into some quicksand. Obviously, she survived, but I became convinced that God put that quicksand there for a purpose, and lamented that it hadn’t done its job. (Beware of abusing a budding writer; we will take our revenge, as I am doing now.)
|My friend and enemy, sometimes provoking shocking fulminations.|
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Coming soon: Me and booze. There's lots to say on the subject.
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017 and 2018, and at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2018.
"If you want wonderful inside tales about New York, this is the book for you. Cliff Browder has a way with his writing that makes the city I lived in for 40 plus years come alive in a new and delightful way. A refreshing view on NYC that will not disappoint." Five-star Amazon customer review by Bill L.
"A real yarn of a story about a lovable pickpocket who gets into trouble and has a great adventure. A must read." Five-star Amazon customer review by nicole w brown.
"This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens character. I would recommend this." Four-star LibraryThing review by stephvin.
"A lively and entertaining tale. The writing styles, plot, pace and character development were excellent." Four-star LibraryThing early review by BridgitDavis.
"I am glad that I have read this book as it goes into great detail and the presentation is amazing. The Author obviously knows his stuff." Four-star LibraryThing early review by Moiser20.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, but women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
"At times amusing, gritty, heartfelt and a little sexy -- this would make a great summer read." Four-star Amazon customer review by BobW.
"Really more of a fantasy of a 19th century gay life than any kind of historical representation of the same." Three-star Goodreads review by Rachel.