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Epiphany Paperback – February 10, 2012
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About the Author
Rashid Darden is a novelist. He was born in the late 1970s in Washington, DC, where he has spent his entire life, save for brief stints in Moscow, Russia and Leicester, United Kingdom.
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Mr. Darden unapologetically challenges the conventions of hazing and hurting in Black fraternities. He doesn't condemn but presents all sides so that the reader can decide for him/herself. He adeptly addressed the issues regarding how brothers are "made" ("paper" v traditional), discrimination within the ranks (foreign born fraternity v American born; gay v straight; the chosen ones v men who did not court the fraternity formally), and the influences of "old heads" in undergraduate chapters. Well done my brother. Well done.
However, at the heart of the trilogy is Adrian, the main character-his coming out process and the relationships he builds (and loses) along the way. Again, Mr. Darden discusses these issues gracefully, tastefully and head-on so that few stones are left unturned. His characters are not perfect, but they grow and eventually exhibit great strength in the face of adversity. We see the ability of people to change and accept that which they never thought they would be open to. In the world Mr. Darden's created parents and extended family, fraternity brothers, friends, coaches, teammates, college administrators, classmates and locals just learn to accept people for who they are. I'd like to live in a world like that.
The books are ultimately about love of self and others and being true to who we are. If you want a good series that keeps your interest and addresses serious issues, I highly recommend these three books. I look forward to reading more from Rashid Darden.
Epiphany shows us sides of Isaiah and Adrian that you'd never expect. Without giving too many spoilers, I will say that the ending of this book will shock you. I'm sitting here now still wondering what Adrian is doing now, how things end up after the book, etc. A good writer draws you into his story, but a GREAT writer draws you so far into his world that you have a hard time understanding how a chapter in that characters life has come to an end. A GREAT writer forces you to look at lifes hardest issues from a different perspective than your own and truly see the pain and suffering that a person is going through. In my personal opinion, in the writing of Epiphany Rashid has proven to be amongst the great writers of his time. The emotions in this book are real. You will laugh, you will cry, you will scream at characters similarly to the way you scream at that silly girl that always looks back and falls minutes before being killed by the bad guy in a movie. But most importantly, you will LOVE this book! Its an absolute must read and I sincerely recommend it to everyone.
Wondering if you'll be able to relate because you're straight/not in a multicultural fraternity/not a male? Well, how about this, I am a straight female in a latina sorority that was still able to relate not just to Adrian's fraternal issues, but also his personal ones. Clearly, my issues and concerns will never be the same as Adrians, however reading his story blurrs the lines of race, gender, and sexual preferences when it comes to true understanding and empathy of a persons issues. It hit me somewhere around page 75 that these issues could transend all kinds of social and economical barriers. Sometimes, it felt as though I was reading my own life being lived by someone else although the circumstances were different. It hit home, and the story line is genuine. If you dont have an EPIPHANY of your own during the reading of this book, I honestly dont think you have a heart!
I wonder if this is truly the end of reading about Adrian Collins. I'll be honest, I hope its not. Because if it is, I miss him already!
But Adrian and Isaiah's love affair, one of the best out there. Dangerous to fling caution to the wind, but in the end, love takes over... and theirs was real love. I write, and this book makes me motivated to keep on writing.
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