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Midnight: A Gangster Love Story [Kindle Edition]

Sister Souljah
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A fierce fighter with heart and a powerful mind, Midnight is willing to do anything to defend his family, the women he loves, and his business and property. In this riveting prequel to her urban classic, The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah reintroduces readers to Ricky Santiago’s strong, humble, and dangerously attractive lieutenant. The intricate storytelling in this passionate tale of love, loyalty, strength, and survival will sweep readers from the wealthy North African estate of Midnight’s father to the complicated challenges and confrontations of the Brooklyn projects where Midnight lands with his beautiful mother. This story will move your heart and soul and change your life forever.


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From Publishers Weekly

Souljah's follow-up to her bestselling novel, TheColdest Winter Ever, is another gritty coming-of-age tale, picking up the story of Midnight (a character in Coldest Winter) as he tries desperately to navigate American culture, Brooklyn streets and the dicey business of growing up. The novel begins as seven-year-old Midnight and his pregnant mother, Umma, are forced to leave their privileged life in Sudan for a hardscrabble American existence. Midnight spends his formative years in Brooklyn guiding and translating for his loyal, loving and talented mother, helping her get a factory job while encouraging her to start a clothing line. Eventually, Midnight starts working at a Chinatown fish shop, finds love, joins a dangerous hustler's basketball league and tries to disentangle his ambivalent feelings toward romance, family and personal honor. Souljah's sensitive treatment of her protagonist is honest and affecting, with some realistic moments of crisis. Unfortunately, a slack plot and slow pacing cause serious bloat, and Souljah's distinctive prose is woefully unpolished. Frustrations aside, Souljah has obvious talent and sincere motives, making her a street-lit sophomore worth watching. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Sister Souljah is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth. A graduate of Rutgers University, she is a beloved personality in her own community. She lives in New Jersey City with her husband and son.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1950 KB
  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CLYLDA
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed emotions about this November 10, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Like others have said, it is a prequel, it does get boring at times, and does appear unbelievable at others. However, it is a very ambitious and provacative novel. It's literature. It will make you think, it will make you question yourself. It may even have you considering changing the way you operate. It does calls American born blacks out about their behavior and beliefs - hell, all Americans for that matter. Midnight is vicious. Was it worth the wait? No. Is it worth $26.95? No. However, it is worth the read. It can generate some serious dialogue in our community. It's a very intellectual read that can and should be appreciated. It provides plenty to talk about if you can manage to finish it.
My biggest problem is it left me with too many questions, more questions than I had going into it. And, I'm just hoping it doesn't take another ten years get the answers.
Also, I don't think it should be referred to as a gangster's love story becasue nothing about Midnight, in this story, is gangster. Yes, he is a killer - solely for the protection of himself and loved ones - but NOT a gangster.
So, if you're looking to reunite with Winter and her family and will be highly disappointed if they are not there, don't waste your money. If your don't mind be taken on a journey that's overly informative yet sometimes dull along they way, then gear up. Midnight aint for everybody.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight November 5, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
First off if you are looking for a sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever, this aint it, you will be very disappointed. Though the story is about the charachter Midnight from the Coldest Winter Ever, this book is about his life before the Santiagos. As a matter of fact the oldest he gets in this book is the age of fourteen. But let me tell you he happens to be a very mature fourteen yr. old, who lives the life of a well bred man who instead if giving into temptation resist it. I found him so captivating the way he lives his life, the culture, the religion, though I do not agree with everything of muslim faith i do believe that if we all could just live by this one law, no fornication!!! we would be much better off as a people, Dont You Think? My favorite charachter in this book after Midnight of course, is Bangs I found her as he did funny but also bold. As much as I respected Midnight for staying true to hiself and his beliefs I found myself a little upset that things could'nt and would'nt come together for Midnight and Bangs i really believe he would have made a big difference in her life a positive difference. so even though I was a little disappointed that this had nothing to do with the Coldest Winter Ever. I was not disapointed with this book not at all. All ive got to say is Sister Souljah you better be working on part2 Because you can not leave me hangin like this!!!!!!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing and unbelievable January 8, 2009
Format:Hardcover
We rushed to buy this book based on Souljah's "Coldest Winter..." book. However, what a disappointment. This seems like the kind of book somebody writes because they have a publishing deadline. While there are certainly good moments, the story seems contrived and unbelievable. There are also lots of missing gaps in the story (where is his father? why are they in the U.S.? Why are they so isolated from the African Moslem community for so many years (until the wedding) in, of ALL places, New York? If you are into popular fiction, you'll like this book. If you want literature / art -- this ain't it! Not only does Souljah demonstrate no actual knowledge or significant research into the people of the Sudan, the scathing commentary on African Americans is ridiculous. Forgettable, at best!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Midnight needs to have a Coke and a smile... May 2, 2009
Format:Hardcover
I never wanted to read a second book about Winter. She's a spoiled detestable brat who's incapable of feeling any sort of genuine emotion for anyone other than herself. However, the difference between Midnight and Winter is that for all Winter's scheming, narcissism and decadence, she was interesting and entertaining. In this story, Midnight comes across as a judgmental, condescending bore. Oh my god, does this character love to judge! He judges the little kids who, god forbid, are scared of getting shot by the neighborhood gangsters. He judges black Americans for...well, breathing. It's like black Americans couldn't live in this book without Midnight judging them for it. His holier than thou attitude was obnoxious and grating and I found myself having to just grit my teeth and bear it to get through this book.

Questions: First of all, where was Midnight's father? What happened to the other wives? Why didn't he check up on his pregnant wife and child if he was supposed to be this epitome of what it means to be a man? If America sucks so much why didn't his dad wire them money and have them live somewhere else? Hell, what happened to all their money? These were just some of the questions that were bought up while reading this book, and unfortunately for the reader these questions are never answered.

It's no secret that Sister Souljah absolutely adores the Midnight character, I remember her saying in the re-released CWE that he was the heart of the first book. The problem with Midnight is that in this book Sister Souljah writes him as some sort of Superman--someone who's fearless and has the answers to everything and I'm sorry that's not normal for a kid. Hell that's not even normal for an adult. Normal kids get scared from time to time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My fav. book
My personal favorite book. Very well written. You can tell the author did her research and is very intelligent and articulant. Read more
Published 1 day ago by datruem0
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Published 3 days ago by Kenya
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Awesome book. Very detailed like the coldest winter ever. I definitely recommend it.
Published 5 days ago by Jasmine Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight a Gangster Love Story
Ordered for a friend and they enjoyed reading the book.
Published 8 days ago by Debbie L. Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars She just gets better and better with every novel!
SISTER SOULJAH FAN FOR LIFE!!
Published 10 days ago by Felicia L Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read came as stated.
Published 22 days ago by Stephanie Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars This book came in excellent condition. The cover was not torn or...
This book came in excellent condition. The cover was not torn or wrinkled. I will definitely order from this provider again. Read more
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Published 1 month ago by debora
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!!
I loved the storyline and the verbiage the author used. She was able to give me three different cultural lessons, and a love story all in one. BRILLIANT!!!
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Sister Souljah is a successful political activist and educator of underclass youth. Her national bestseller The Coldest Winter Ever, considered the definitive novel of the hip-hop generation, marked her fiction debut; she is also the author of a memoir entitled No Disrespect. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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