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Lazarus Paperback – April 15, 2005
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Rashid Darden paints an exquisite portrait of college life, urban youth and the secrets we all hold from the world... --Robert Denson, III, Sunpiper Press, February 2005
About the Author
Rashid Darden is a novelist, photographer, consultant, Tarot reader, and active volunteer to several philanthropic and fraternal organizations. 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. Rashid’s first novel, Lazarus, was published in 2005 in a limited printing and gained critical acclaim from the LGBT and African American communities. The story of Adrian Collins, a gay college sophomore who pledges a predominately black fraternity, resonated deeply with the black fraternal community, earning Rashid fans that span the generations. Financial challenges caused the sequel to Lazarus, called Covenant, to be significantly delayed in print form, though it was released in e-book format directly from Old Gold Soul Press. The continuing story of Adrian Collins at Potomac University, Covenant expands on characters introduced in Lazarus and integrates them into a larger story of love, patience, and loyalty. On target for a September 2011 re-release of Lazarus and October release of Covenant, Rashid Darden has completed the third and final installment in the Potomac University series. Epiphany will tie up all loose ends, introduce amazing new characters, and will allow readers to see Adrian’s definitive leaps into manhood. Aside from writing novels, Rashid is a gifted nonprofit professional and a “retired” educator. These experiences (along with his writings) have made him a sought-after guest speaker and workshop facilitator. Rashid is a Brother of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and recently ran for a position on its National Board of Directors. Having pledged APO in Spring 1999 while an undergraduate at Georgetown University, he credits the fraternity with providing him a background as an active member of the nonprofit profession. He is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Initiated through the Mu Lambda Chapter (Washington, DC Alumni) in 2003, Rashid was the Founding Chairman of the National Arts and Humanities Advisory Council, the first of its kind among Black Greek-Letter fraternities. When he is not writing, Rashid enjoys photography, Tarot reading, and volunteering. Though he enjoys the quietude of home best of all, he can also be found enjoying probate shows, Thai food, live music, and any bookstore.
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Top customer reviews
Please don't think that because this story focuses on an African-American gay man that it is not for you. I am a straight white woman, and I never once felt like this book was out of my realm, or that I couldn't sympathize and empathize with the characters. If you like engaging stories, if you like real characters, if you want a story that will move you - read Lazarus. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Darden's work.
For this to be an independant release, I must first say that the writing is practically flawless and the quality of the total package is completely professional.
I don't want to give away the plot, but take Adrian, a strong young gay man, with a strong belief in socio economic change within the black community, a secret lover whom he never expects to meet while in college, and an at times homophobic fraternity that he for some reason still wants to join, and roll it all together in the most current and contemporary and entertaining story you could find and you have Lazurus.
A must read, No, a must have for ANY reader of fine African American literature. Period!!!