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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Books (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193396703X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933967035
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Ross delivers a story that is sharp, juicy, wicked, and unapologetically brazen." -- James Earl Hardy, author of the bestselling B-Boy Blues series

"Manhood: The Longest Moan pulses with extraordinary rhythm and seethes with unrelenting passion and pain. Mr. Ross has poetically penned the perfect novel!" --Lee Hayes, Bestselling author of Passion Marks & A Deeper Blue


More About the Author

I love the art of expression.

I hate limitations of any kind.

I fear never having been felt.

I hope there is a Heaven.

I hear music all the time.

I crave human understanding.

I regret ever hurting anyone.

I cry for abused children.

I care too deeply sometimes.

I always breathe.

I feel alone in my solitude but dig it muchly.

I listen closely to the lyrics of jazz.

I hide my deepest pain from others.

I drive some people crazy.

I dance when I walk, yo...

I write because it lets my soul sing.

I act like a gentleman, most times.

I miss the people I've lost.

I eat new KNOWLEDGE.

I drink vodka martinis, str8-up w/ a twist.

I learn that life continues presenting new lessons.

I feel I am a work in progress.

I know a Creator exists.

I sleep with dreams as constant companions.

I wonder why I don't have wings to fly.

I want to heal. I worry about the future.

I have a cosmos in me. I fight my insecurities.

I need to purge sometimes.

I am a human being w/one beak of song.

I think I will sing.

Thus far, I have sang in long form via the four novels I've written... the latest being: "Like Litter in the Wind."

Customer Reviews

Get the book, read it and reread it.
Charlie W. Gorham
In hindsight, reading "Manhood" was very much like reading each of the aforementioned novels in one setting, a testament to the strength of Ross's writing style.
Linus L. Spiller
I felt so many emotions reading this & related to each of the 4 guys & felt the pains that they went through just for acknowledgment & for love.
Skech P

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Linus L. Spiller on March 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
With the 1987 death of legendary author and civil rights activist, James Baldwin, a void in the world of renowned African-American male novelists made its huge descent on us. Gone was Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and then Ralph Ellison in 1994, leaving the market open for 'heir apparents', gifted male African-American writers who could create works of fiction that were both painstakingly beautiful and socially relevant.

What happened instead, following the early literary success of Terry McMillan (author of the best-seller "Waiting to Exhale"), was hundreds of authors (male and female) who started churning out "literature for profit" in the 4-character model fashioned by McMillan, often at the expense of developing works of art that would withstand time and be recognized for their unique contribution to American culture.

The release of "Manhood: The Longest Moan" by author/poet L.M. Ross marks a much needed return to exceptional literature by an African-American writer in 20 years. This multi-dimensional, emotionally cathartic work easily puts Ross in the same category as James Baldwin, who wrote such classics as The Fire Next Time, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Notes of a Native Son, Giovanni's Room, Sonny's Blues, Another Country and Just Above My Head (my personal favorite). In hindsight, reading "Manhood" was very much like reading each of the aforementioned novels in one setting, a testament to the strength of Ross's writing style.

Like Baldwin, Ross has a creative way of exploring complex social and psychological issues of our time (personal and self identity, sexuality, family abuse, drug addition, sexual deviance, HIV/AIDS) and branding them with his own uniquely urban, funky stamp of revelation.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Charlie W. Gorham on April 14, 2007
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If you want to read a book that you can not put down even if you wanted too, then this is it. L.M. Ross is an amazing author who captures the essense of his characters and breathes life into ever fiber of thier being. You will be absolutely blown away at the detail and complexity that eah character has and also you will be able to relate to each one beause of this unique way that L.M. Ross has when he writes. Imagine yourself watching a movie and you get goose pimples and you can almost feel the vibes that makes your hair stand up on the back of your neck, well L.M. Ross captures these senses and emotions and releases them in a tidal wave of words and sentences that will send you reeling and rithing into another space and time. What a wonderful read. Oh by the way L.M. Ross is my muse and one of my best friends. He is a delightful and genuine man. Mr. Ross is a blessing to all who have the pleasure of meeting him and he is a wonderful and wonderfilled, well roounded, honest and caring individual. I am honored to say that I know him and blessed by his influence. I am proud of his accomplishments.Get the book, read it and reread it. In addition to Manhood also get The Long Blue Moan here at [...]
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
A Concerto for Orchestra is the term for symphonic works in which each section of the orchestra is given space and spotlight to shine as soloist. In L.M. Ross' novel, MANHOOD: The Longest Moan, the orchestra is reduced to a quartet of friends and while Ross weaves the individual stories of each man's life of choices, moments of triumph and slides of misfortune, each character is so well defined that the spotlight must move with each chapter for that solo moment. Ross is one amazing writer, a poet who can move with ease into the arena of storytelling and yet maintain the allure of brush stroke images too often found only in the terse poem form. He writes about the African American experience in New York City as well as any writer today, and brings all the juices and aromas and flavors of the idiosyncratic language of black conversation without missing a beat, and more importantly, without alienating his reader with a foreign language, so well molded is his conversational technique.

MANHOOD brings to life four men over a twenty year period, beginning with the high school years when the four artistic lads formed a group 'Da Elixir' ("Once there was this gorgeous, gorgeous time when we were all living our dreams..") only to have the group splinter as each pursued his own dream. Tyrone become a writer always seeking true love, David is a natural dancer whose career in ballet is broken with his fractured leg, Browny longs to be an opera singer but is sidetracked by drugs and prison, and Pascal 'Face' Depina is a genetically perfect handsome man whose talent is tied to his looks and betrays the darker aspect of his personality.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Fitzgerald on April 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
After finally coming off this odyssey known as "Manhood: The Longest Moan" by author L.M. Ross, I can best describe it as something for EVERYONE. Ross, has such a way with words that it makes one believe that they are in places never visited and his grasp of the nuances of humans of all sexes and races allow you to find something about yourself in them all. It was a page turner from the word go until the last, with enough twists and turns along the way to compete as one of the best in anyone's collection of books. Without giving anything away, I'll say that this book is about friendships at both their best and their worst, love known and unrealized and the search for both. It will leave the reader both pondering what they think about both love and friendship and often leaving them with their mouths open with the drama which ensues. It will cause the reader to rethink the idea of manhood and perhaps open his or her mind to what true manhood is.
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