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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
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ADRIAN is handsome, brilliant, and devoted to serving others. Under the cool exterior, however, he is tormented and unfulfilled. Abandoned by his father and emotionally distant from his mother, he feels alone adrift on campus - until he meets SAVION. With rhymes dripping from his lips like honey, Savion has just what Adrian needs: stability, maturity, and love. Although their friendship is filled with peaks and valleys, their relationship is threatened by Adrian's biggest challenge: BETA CHI PHI.Finding the appeal of pledging his father's fraternity irresistible, Adrian decides to take the plunge and pledge Beta Chi Phi in an attempt to fill the void in his heart, even after his relationship with Savion blossoms. Almost immediately, Adrian is thrust headlong into a world of mind games, controlled behavior, and strokes from the paddle--tempered with the brotherhood that bonds men in times of adversity. Adrian knows that he must keep his relationship with Savion a secret at all costs, for if his new-found family were to learn the truth, he may have to choose The one he loves or his brothers.
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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!!!