Master your Minecraft

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    What I'm Giving | December 1, 2014

    Edward O. Wilson: IMG Edward O. Wilson: What I'm Giving

    At Powell's, we feel the holidays are the perfect time to share our love of books with those close to us. For this special blog series, we reached... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
3 Beaverton Literature- A to Z
16 Burnside GREEN- TABLE
14 Burnside Literature- Featured Titles
17 Burnside Literature- A to Z
6 Hawthorne Literature- A to Z
23 Local Warehouse Featured Titles- Literature
4 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z
9 Remote Warehouse Literature- Family Life

This title in other editions

The Residue Years


The Residue Years Cover

ISBN13: 9781620400296
ISBN10: 1620400294
All Product Details


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction
Finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize
Nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
Honor Book for Fiction for the Black Caucus of the ALA
Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in Americas whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the 90s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding debut autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place, with a breakout voice thats nothing less than extraordinary.

The Residue Years switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace. Grace is just out of a drug treatment program, trying to stay clean and get her kids back. Champ is trying to do right by his mom and younger brothers, and dreams of reclaiming the only home he and his family have ever shared. But selling crack is the only sure way he knows to achieve his dream. In this world of few options and little opportunity, where love is your strength and your weakness, this family fights for family and against what tears one apart.

About the Author

Mitchell S. Jackson was born and raised in Portland. He holds a masters of writing from Portland State University and an M.F.A. from New York University. He teaches writing at NYU, Medgar Evers College, and John Jay College, and also works as a journalist, writing about rap for Vibe, the Source, and others. He is a winner of the Hurston Wright Award for College Writers and a fellowship at the Center for Fiction. He is also the author of the ebook Oversoul. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Andrea Stone-French, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Andrea Stone-French)
I absolutely loved this book! I ended up buying multiple copies so I could give it away. The author is from Portland and the story is set here as well. I can't wait to read what Mitchell S. Jackson puts out next!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

Jackson, Mitchell S
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Jackson, Mitchell S.
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
3 bandw images
8.25197 x 5.51181 in 1 lb

Other books you might like

  1. The Imperfectionists
    Used Trade Paper $4.13
  2. Dad Is Fat
    Used Hardcover $11.95

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The Residue Years New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$17.00 In Stock
Product details 352 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781620400296 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at