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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Urban Books (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933967358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933967356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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Ross' characters are superbly crafted.
Marvin D. Wilson
While contemplating the meanings of life and love, David is reunited with Bliss Santana, a tortured soul who comprehends his pain but embodies secrets of her own.
K.C. Carter
I like to think that LM Ross writes books just for me.
Tim Dillinger

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
LM Ross continues the story of his highly successful novel MANHOOD with this sequel THE MOANIN' AFTER and in every way it is the equal to his first foray into the lives of four African American men, friends since childhood, but disseminated by fate, fortunes, and lessons in life. Ross' skill at joining street talk with descriptive elegant prose is very much present here. Few authors can handle colloquialisms and slang with such fierce rhythm while keeping the descriptive portions of the writing so rich in poetic color and so liquid in flow. It is a gift that serves Ross well in creating a novel that moves briskly through the lives past and present of his four main characters and allows him the ability to seamlessly introduce (or re-surface) other characters in this well-paced novel. Reading LM Ross recalls two music forms: the atmosphere and narration of the story are definitely from the Blues mold, while the technique Ross embraces in telling his tale is pure Jazz - themes, riffs, solo runs, scat, and the magic of having the ensemble come together in a climactic end.

Knowing that every reader may not have read MANHOOD, Ross adroitly references the beginnings of the four lead characters: David Donatello Richmond (dancer), Pascal 'Face' Depina (model), Tyrone Hunter (writer), and Faison 'Browny' Brown (singer) joined forces as a music group 'Da Elixir' in high school and had a short success with a hit song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B.K. Shropshire on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
I just finished L.M. Ross' latest gift to the world. Once again, Mr. Ross has given us a profound gift and another taste of his genius. I LOVED The Moanin' After. Far too often these days, African-American authors of "gay" material or otherwise, tend to write for (what seems to be) readers with a 7th grade education, at best. Not this writer! He really takes you on an emotional journey, in which maturity and intelligence is a must; as well as some experience in that indefinable condition known as the human heart. As with his brilliant work before this - Manhood, The Longest Moan - again, Mr. Ross made me think..and not just coast along, when reading. How refreshing. How challenging. How adult. How REAL! He made me use my brain, and more importantly - my heart! Congratulations, Mr. Ross. You deserve KUDOS! If you crave intelligent, adult reading with raw and heartfelt emotion - this one's for you! We need more from you, Mr. Ross! Thus, we wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By demondmaurice on September 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
For the two weeks that it took me to complete this novel I felt as though I was holding a beating heart in the palms of my hands; the heart that belonging to that of Mr. L. M. Ross. "The Moanin After" was worth the wait and a moan that was needed. Ross proved that there is life after death, life after tragedy and life after disease. Ross makes us aware of the fact that no matter what may happen, life indeed goes on. This was more than just a novel. It was a lesson on life with the most important point being that your life speaks whether you are dead or alive. Each day we live we create our own legacy with a permanent marker that will be our story until the end of mankind. Love was another important lesson in this story. We each love and desire to be loved in our own unique way and if we stopped to understand this in others, most of us would realize that the love we desire is right in front of our eyes. Also, Love is not a quitter. It endures through the toughest of times. You can't break up with love.

Although the first novel was titled "Manhood," this story was David's manhood. David had to cope, accept and embrace. David the dancer was used to using his legs to dance, but now David had to use his legs to simply stand. While David appeared to have lost his rhythm he never struggled with the beat.

Once again, Ross has mastered the art of placing the reader inside of the story. I felt as if I was one of David's ghost; watching him, listening to him and following him. I fell in love with David in "Manhood the Longest Moan," but here in his moanin I began to respect and honor him.

This is a timeless masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marvin D. Wilson on March 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Author Lin M. Ross is the first writer that has ever effectively gotten me inside the mind and heart of the homosexual. In his book, The Moanin' After, he took me on a vivid trip, a vision so real I was there - lost in the downtown, uptown, funky, crazy, wild, scary, ecstasy pill popping, boozing, shooting up, jazzy, dancing, desiring and groping she-males all day and all nightlife, the go-for-broke and break-you-it-will bizarre, biggest beast of a burg called the Big Apple. There I lived for a fantastic while, inside the body and life and times of main character, David Richmond.

During my life experience as David, I have AIDS. My best friends, all my lovers, even my enemies - are dying. I am dying. I am caring, swearing, snatching joy, loving, crying, feeling lost and afraid and angry and remorseful and vengeful, and yet blissful often enough to want desperately to live on, to love, to be. I desire to be real, to be me, and to not tolerate or give out any BS. Life is too short and precious for any trace of phoniness. I spit in the face of disingenuousness. I kiss the face of truthfulness; I caress and embrace real love, no matter the form or gender in which it is presented to me.

Ross' characters are superbly crafted. Complex and multi-dimensional is an understatement. One can immediately tell that this author is a poet. His prose is poetry in devotion - an eloquent, profound and beautiful dedication to truth and honesty in writing. The sentences sometimes dance across the page like a brilliant ballet dancer, other times they storm and rage from left to right and back again with the ranting, scathing, insane curses and howls of a madman.

And through it all there is the moaning.
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