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Minetta Lane is the third book of Allen's Slavery & Beyond Series, but each one is a stand alone. I enjoyed his previous novels,but liked this one better. The pace is fast, the story line is engaging and the characters are beautifully developed.
Allen's main characters are relatable humans with their imperfections, just like us, and striving to become better, just like, well, most of us.
Bodee Rivers (Bodua) is a skinny 20 year old black man who reconnected with his grandmother after his mother passed away. He is intelligent and educated, but scared, lost, frustrated and, in need of some answers if he is to move on and achieve a good life. With his grandmother 's help he discovers he is a gifted man, having inherited the power to predict the future thru dreams and visions. Because of this gift, Bodee will be tested in a brutal way...
Bodee's grandma is Madame Juba, an Ashanti freed slave and priestess. She is well respected (and feared?) in dangerous Minetta Lane. But she also has a compassionate heart and adores Bodee. She reminds me of the great women in my past who were loving while demonstrating the incredible strength and audacity to survive very difficult circumstances.
There are other characters I enjoyed, especially the two boys (Eddie and Tommy), Blood (the enforcer) and Helmut (Bodee's first white friend). They were honest and loyal and added certain richness to the historical circumstances.
The historical element is delicately weaved into the plot. New York, June 1904. The feverish racial and ethnic divisions are present all the time: Blacks, White, Irish and Germans. The New York gangs are violently represented by the Irish Whyos, who are part of Minetta Lane's evenings. And, finally, labor oppression and lack of responsibilities are center stage in the events of June 15: the tragedy of the General Slocum steamship. I really appreciate that the author includes Historical Notes and Liberties at the end of his books. It is a helpful tool for the reader.
Allen managed to present a great third book with the theme of understanding the mistakes of the past, each one with a different perspective and plot. The three have common elements: family, race, character struggles, loyalty, oppression and, the human ability to connect (no matter race) through compassion, empathy and respect.
If you read Failed Moments you will find the meaning of the red birds with black feathers "masks" who make a brief appearance in Chapter 50. Love the symbolism!
Looking forward to book #4!!!
The story centers around a tough neighborhood known as The Bend and particularly on Minetta Lane (the most dangerous block in the city) in 1904 NYC. Twenty year old Bodee Rivers arrives at his grandma’s house after the recent passing of his mom. Bodee is a tall and thin shy black man that previously tried out for a Brooklyn Negro League baseball team (he could run like the wind, but couldn’t hit). He hasn’t seen his grandma most of his life, because grandma Juba, and her daughter, Akua (Bodee’s mom), were in a life long conflict (reasons unknown to Bodee). The Neighborhood is a mixture of blacks, bars, whorehouses and a Irish mafia type gang similar to the gang in the 2002 movie, Gangs of New York. The Blacks and the Irish are respectful to Juba, because they believe her to be a female voodoo priest. Juba’s friend in the streets is Blood, who provides the brawn in The Bend. But the Irish gang, The Whyos, have a new recruit by the name of Arlin McFarland from Chicago, who seems to want to make a name for himself. Is he going to cause trouble in The Bend? On page thirteen, grandma Juba takes the newly arrived Bodee on a walking tour of the neighborhood, “Bodee, these houses along here are all whorehouses. Some are connected to the bars, like the one across the street-a place called Tigress. No sign out front, but that the name, trust me. Next door is a mixed bar called, Snake Eyes, where our local Black folk drink with the Irish gangsters, and the whores from Tigress work the club for customers. Nothing for a twenty-year-old boy. Understand?”
As Bodee looks for a job (on page fifteen), he is met with bigotry as he applies for a lifeguard job on pier six, “I want to apply for the lifeguard job because I swim real well. They say I’m a natural.” The man (white) laughed under his breath. “Hold your thought and wait right here, I’ll be right back.” The man brings two other white men back with him and have a lot of laughs considering Bodee for the job. “After two more minutes of finger-pointing, back-slapping, and general hysteria, one of the men put his hand up and the other two quieted down.” “Thanks for the laugh, you stupid Darkey. Do you think anyone wants your Black ass in this pool? We’d need to drain it after each time you went in-the fancy word is called contamination. That’s what you are, boy, pure and simple. No decent White folk gonna want to go into any water you touched.” The thing is that that kinda thinking went on for a long time, even when I was a boy in the 1950s (I love using that that). So unfair! What were the Whites thinking? Anyway, Bodee just happened to see that job available on a flyer laying in the street. He really wanted a full-time clerk’s job in a office. The streetwise Blood tells Bodee that the bar called Snake Eyes (the one Juba warned him about) needs to hire a numbers man. He says, “They want to hire some kind of clerk. Opens around noon. Ask for Silvy. Tell him I sent you.” Silvy tests Bodee on figures and percentages, which Bodee passes with flying colors. Then he finds out that Silvy also wants him to read him the newspaper (Bodee thinks that Silvy thinks he can’t read). Silvy says, “No boy, I’m the one who don’t read so fast! Takes me all day to read the front page, so this will be our deal-you come in here every day around this time. Take care of the bills and explain the stories to me and I’ll give you a few dollars. Don’t want you in here after four-things change later in the day. Not the kind of place where you want to be. Deal?” “Works for me," said Bodee.
On page 32 (the last page of my review), a very unfortunate incident happened to Bodee: Finished for the day, Bodee rushed out the door, stepping backward as he joked, “Need to go to the Sun to complain about the St. Louis World’s Fair-like everyone else! Bodee backpedaled through the front door, and when he attempted to turn around, he bumped into Arlin McFarland-a new member of the Whyos gang. Bodee’s momentum propelled the Irishman into a lamppost, which struck his back with force.” Readers, I will stop here, because the poop is going to hit the fan. This is where the author’s story ignites. What will happen? You will have to buy your own copy to find out. Did I make this story rousing or what?
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