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Snitch: A Novel Paperback – May 1, 2011
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On the streets of Jersey City there is a simple code. You don't talk to the cops. You don't snitch. Period. But when bus driver Andre Bolden witnesses a crime on his route, he is compelled to make a choice. If he keeps silent, he might lose his job and be gnawed by his conscience. If he snitches, he could lose his family--even his life.
This explosive story explores the clash between a working man and the code of the street. Gifted storyteller Booker T. Mattison has crafted a realistic tale full of tension and raw suspense yet infused with spiritual truth. Snitch rewrites the rule to mind your own business, peers into the hearts of those who seek revenge and redemption, and celebrates the ability of a community to triumph over violence and intimidation.
"Author and filmmaker Mattison's sophomore outing reads like it's ready for screen adaptation. . . . Mattison has a superb ear, and his skill keeps on growing."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Snitch should be required reading for anyone with a pulse and a conscience."--Lisa Cortés, executive producer of the Academy Award-winning film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire and The Woodsman
"Amazing--down to the last line. Bravo!"--Victoria Christopher Murray, Essence bestselling author of Sins of the Mother and The Ex Files
"Captivating from start to finish. Snitch is a compelling tale about the psychic turmoil of upholding the code of the streets."--Kevin Cokley, PhD, editor-in-chief, Journal of Black Psychology; associate professor of counseling and psychology, University of Texas, Austin
"I loved the interconnectedness of every character and the powerful, fresh, black male characters effecting positive change in the neighborhood. It reads like a movie."--Stephanie Allain Bray, producer of the Academy Award-winning film Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan
Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's The Gilded Six-Bits, which aired on Showtime. His debut novel, Unsigned Hype, has been optioned, and he is currently writing the film adaptation of the book.
Mattison has taught literary criticism at the College of New Rochelle in New York, film production at Brooklyn College, and advanced directing and actor coaching at Regent University in Virginia. Snitch is his second novel.
About the Author
Booker T. Mattison is an author and filmmaker who wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's The Gilded Six Bits, which aired on Showtime. His debut novel, Unsigned Hype, has been optioned, and he is currently writing the film adaptation of the book. Mattison has taught literary criticism at the College of New Rochelle, film production at Brooklyn College, and advanced directing and actor coaching at Regent University. Snitch is his second novel.
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A Remarkable read from beginning to end. Booker Mattison's writing is likened to that of the greats such as James Balwin, Langston Hughes and Richard Wright!
The story is about Andre Bolden standout football player hopeful turned bus driver. Andre struggling make a a life out of what life has dealt him takes a downward spiral after seeing a murder on his bus route. Dre, who is already struggling with faith, love and hope sees know way out of his seemingly dead end life. What keeps him sane is his love for Angela who craves a better life than what Dre can offer. A life she grew up with. The most important stance of stability is the love for the son they share. When Dre is faced with losing it all, it is a group of men who show him that although his life has been plagued with tragedy, God has always provided for and protected him through it all.
I can read this book over and over again. I look forward to more books by Mr. Mattison. This is a Very important book!
The story had some romance which added to it. I think it would definitely make it a story female readers would like as I know that element is crucial for them.
The spiritual themes of faith, healing and redemption were present and gave just enough texture to the story to make the reader think without them feeling preached to.
I look forward to the next Booker Mattison story. Would love to see this one as a movie.
Reviewed by Aaron McKnight
I honestly have to say that it's not only the best book I've ever read but probably one of the greatest pieces of writing I've ever read. From beginning to end, I found myself completely drawn to the story of Jersey City bus driver Andre Bolden.
The book is a real page turner and what really kept me hooked besides wanting to know the story resolution was the relationship between Andre and Sandra, the mother of his son. Sandra had so much resistance towards him that I kept turning pages eager to see if Andre could ever get over that emotional fortress. At the same time, the theme about snitching itself was handled very well by Mr. Mattison without being too imposing about it. Rather than making it about a guy or people around him who don't snitch, it comes across as a story of a man whose wrong choices in life start to eat him up bit by bit, living in the fear of losing his life as he had with getting kicked out of school, losing Sandra, and eventually losing his job. He thinks living back with Sandra and Little Dre would solve all his problems. But what transpires over the course of the book leads Andre to a much higher purpose of standing up for himself and those dearest to him.
I also want to applaud Mr. Mattison himself for being able to write the book using little to no profanity. I'm sure it was quite a challenge to do that given the genre and the tone of the book.
Overall, this is a must read for teenagers and adults across America. Look forward to the movie adaptation.