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Creatures Here Below
by O. H. Bennett


Overview - This powerful new novel by O. H. Bennett tells the story of a makeshift family struggling to stay together as life wears away at their bonds of blood and love. At the center of the family is Gail Neighbors, the hardworking single mother of two sons, Mason and Tyler.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This powerful new novel by O. H. Bennett tells the story of a makeshift family struggling to stay together as life wears away at their bonds of blood and love. At the center of the family is Gail Neighbors, the hardworking single mother of two sons, Mason and Tyler. Mason, the older, grew up without knowing his father, a feckless gambler and womanizer. Tyler, the younger, sings in the church choir and enjoys a close relationship with his father, Dan, who left Gail a few years before still spends plenty of time at the house. To make ends meet, Gail has taken in two boarders: Annie, an elderly woman with a diminishing grip on reality, and Jackie, the 20-year-old single mother of baby Cole, who can't fully accept her overwhelming new responsibilities. "Creatures Here Below" renders with tremendous richness and care the realities of a black teenaged male whose life is taking a turn toward the worse.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932841626
  • ISBN-10: 1932841628
  • Publisher: Agate Bolden
  • Publish Date: November 2011
  • Page Count: 272
  • Dimensions: 8.89 x 6.18 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > Fiction > African American - General
Books > Fiction > Literary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-08-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

In his third novel, Bennett (The Lie) brings an African-American community to vivid life with strong and compelling characters and narrative themes to match—growing up, the struggles of parenthood and young adulthood, the responsibilities we all have to each other as people. Gail Neighbors is the single mother of two sons running a boardinghouse. The elder, Mason, is acting out, consumed with identity struggles surrounding his good-for-nothing father, Pony, while Tyler is on track, although Gail has unresolved issues with his father, Dan, a good man that she didn’t quite love. Her tenant Annie is an elderly woman who’s losing it; Jackie is a young mother struggling with the responsibilities of a newborn and the baby’s father, Perry, a privileged young white man. When Mason runs away from home, intent on hunting down his father in Washington, D.C., and killing him out of revenge for his abuse and neglect, he hitches a ride with drug dealer Ken Gamble and a mysterious young woman named Gina, with whom Mason gets involved, angering Gina’s estranged disabled boyfriend. Back home, Jackie contemplates giving up he baby to his daddy’s family until Gail steps in. Bennett handles the multiple plot lines with grace and skill, and readers will appreciate the subtle growth of the characters, as well as the diverse array of experience. (Nov.)

 
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