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K'wan (Section 8) continues the stories of characters Animal, Gucci, Don B. and his Big Dawg crew, while introducing some new ones, who all inhabit the complicated and interconnected world of the "hood." Animal is now a big-time hip-hop star who's returning to New York from Texas on music-related business and to avenge the deaths of his posse. Malika gave up a middle-class life when she became pregnant by Suede, who after his release from prison betrayed her and denied their son, Solomon. K'wan offers fans more of what they expect--double-crossing, violence, sex, and drama involving the characters they have come to love or hate. For first-time readers, the back­stories from previous novels can get confusing, while narrative threads suddenly drop away without resolution. The novel ends much like others in the series, begging for a sequel, but regardless, K'wan excels at dialogue, and his densely packed universe has every element of successful street drama.
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“Quick and entertaining, K'wan's latest captures a small slice of modern urban life with a great degree of credibility and finds in Animal his most conflicted, memorable, and likable character yet.” ―Publisher's Weekly on Section 8

“K'wan once again comes through with a gritty and violent yarn that raises the street-lit bar.” ―Library Journal on Section 8

“A street-lit version of The Godfather . . . Hoodlum does what literature should do. It shows us that writing really matters.” ―Library Journal on Hoodlum

“The big draw here is the electric prose, which is imbued with profane, comic lyricism.” ―Publishers Weekly on Hood Rat

“One of hip-hop fiction's hottest authors . . . fans will appreciate many of the qualities that make K'wan a writer to check for: gritty settings, memorable dialogue, and authentic action.” ―KING magazine on Street Dreams


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Product Details

  • Series: A Hood Rat Novel
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312536976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312536978
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

K'wan is a multiple literary award winner and bestselling author of over a dozen titles which include: Gangsta, Road Dawgz, Street Dreams, Hoodlum, Eve, Hood Rat, Blow, Still Hood, Gutter, Section 8, From Harlem with Love, The Leak, Welfare Wifeys, Eviction Notice, Love & Gunplay, Animal, Purple Reign, The 1st & 15th, Ghetto Bastard and Animal II. K'wan is also the author of several dark fantasy novels written under a pseudonym.

K'wan has been featured in: Vibe, Pages, King, The Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Press, and Time Magazine, to name a few. K'wan was also the recipient of the 2012 and 13 Street Lit Book Award Medals (SLBAM) in adult fiction for Eviction Notice and Animal. His credits also include featured commentary in the award winning Documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (produced by Ice-T) as well as a reoccurring role as an analyst on TV-One's Celebrity Crime Files.

K'wan currently resides in New Jersey where he is working on his next novel. Please visit his website:

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Tyler VINE VOICE on October 11, 2010
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Welfare Wifeys by K'wan continues with the characters Animal, Don B., Gucci and the Big Dawg crew. Animal, who is now a big-time hip hop star, has relocated to Texas but is now returning to New York for a promotional tour and he is back for revenge. His girlfriend, Gucci, is overjoyed that he is returning but she does not know that he has an ulterior motive.

In Welfare Wifeys some new characters are introduced by the names of Malika, Tionna, and Jada. Malika is a young woman living in public housing and is trying to escape her rough life by having a relationship with a married man. Section 8 recently relocated Tionna from an inner city apartment to an Upper Manhattan high rise. Her life seems to be coming together until someone from her past arrives. Jada is cold-blooded due to her former environment and she has her eyes set on sitting on top of the ghetto throne.

Just like his other works, K'wan has filled Welfare Wifeys with deceit, drugs, violence, grit, double crossing, and sex. This book could be confusing if the reader has not read his previous works as he does make reference to some backstories. I recommend Welfare Wifeys to those that have read the other books in the Hood Rat saga. K'wan once again proves why he is considered one of hip-hop fiction's hottest writers.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Tiffany C.
APOOO BookClub
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheba on September 30, 2010
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While the 3 previous novels in the HoodRat series were good, Welfare Wifey was the best! K'wan's writing style is so vivid, realistic and raw. I just love it! The new characters in this novel added even more drama and excitement to the series. Also, I really appreciate the messages you can get from K'wan's stories. For instance, a women can read this novel and hopefully realize from Jada, as well as Tiona, that she does not have to settle for being the "wifey" and that being wifey does not carry the same benefits as being "the wife" nor does it guarantee that you will become the wife. You need to have your own things going on so that if and when something happens to your man, you won't end up being a welfare wifey or worse. But the best part to me was getting to see more of Animal's character, his relationship with Gucci and his interaction with his lil homies, Brasco, Nefertiti and Ashanti. There is so much depth to Animal that the whole story could have been about him and I wouldn't have been mad. I am anxiously looking forward to seeing more of him and his lil homies. Also, if you haven't read The Leak on Kwan's website, you need to do that. It adds some additional details and background to this novel. K'wan you put it down. This was a great read. I didn't want it to end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Reid on November 22, 2010
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Usually Kwan's books are pretty good, definitely in his hood rate series. However, Welfare Wifeys didn't hit the mark. There are about 30 characters most of them unnecessary. Sometimes I totally forgot who certain ppl were because they would appear on the 10th page and then reappear on the 70th. I suggest reading the previous hoodrat books before diving into this one, he doesn't do a good job reintroducing characters. This book was not his best and seemed rushed. His novel Gangsta still remains one of the best if not the best from this author.

Also, I feel a sequel to Welfare Wifeys on the horizon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Williams on October 2, 2010
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K'wan's writing just keeps getting better, especially with this latest installment. If you HAVE to read the previous stories in order to get a full understanding of these characters. Trust me, it will make you appreciate this book EVEN MORE!!! I can't wait for the next book, hopefully it won't be a year out!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By t edmonds on April 1, 2011
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Frost VINE VOICE on September 30, 2010
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Fried catfish tastes better when cooked by some fat Black woman wearing a Kinte head scarf in the Deep South. Fettuccini tastes better when made in some hole-in-the-wall mom and pop restaurant in Italy. "Street-Lit" better when written by someone from the streets. K'wan is that person. If you follow him on Twitter and/or FaceBook you know that this brotha' lives, breathes, parties (sometimes too hard), and sleeps street. It's authentic and it's true.

`Welfare Wifeys' gave me the same feeling I had when I read `Hoodlum' back in the day. K'wan at his best. Animal. Man, if there was a name to perfectly describe the actions of an individual, Animal would be it. Violence seems to follow him or he follows it, I couldn't tell which. By page six... yes, page SIX you are already caught up. I know one thing... you'll never look at pizza the same way again. And the scene after... damn K'wan. So what you have is a bunch of thugs that have a brain for business and natural musical talent that have become rappers and CEO's of music corporations. Unfortunately, haters hang around like crabs on a hooker, and just because YOU'RE legal that doesn't mean that everyone in your past is going to be happy for you.

The players in this street drama only add fuel to Animal's fire. Friend, enemy, girlfriend, afternoon jump-off, or cop. It doesn't matter. If you're on the wrong side of Animal you might as well call Satan and book a room in Hell. I could be speaking out of turn here but something tells me that Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines are both smiling.
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