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Pure Bronxby Mark Naison
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A new departure in the world of Urban Fiction symbolizing its coming of age in the academic community...
PURE BRONX is a story about the vast diversity of people who make the Bronx what it is—hustlers, gang bangers, immigrants, and the working poor and the powerful interests trying to make money off its struggling people. And its about love—what you sacrifice, and what you accept for a chance at real happiness.
Set in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency, Pure Bronx is a love story about a young couple from the South Bronx. Khalil and Rasheeda are trying to make it out of the ghetto, and taste what middle-class America takes for granted. Born and raised in Patterson Houses, Khalil is a 21-year-old hustler, who is the main provider for his family. Beautiful and sexy, 19-year old Rasheeda is a dancer at a strip club. She lives in Mitchell Houses with her mother and younger brother, attends college, and is also the main provider for family. Rasheeda is struggling to make ends meet. Khalil meets and falls in love with Rasheeda. Things go good for a while, but facing crisis after crisis, Rasheeda breaks down in front of Khalil. He takes her seriously when she jokingly suggests kidnapping her richest client, and one of the wealthiest men on Wall Street, Robert Seidman. Khalil enlists the help of his two trusted friends, and hatches a plan to kidnap Seidman.
Things go awry when the kidnappers discover that Seidman has his own financial problems. They resort to Plan B and this involves Seidmans wife, who feels betrayed. Will she bite? Read Pure Bronx and find out why this action packed, drama filled story is more potent than just any coming-of-age tale from the hood. Packed with more drama than straphangers on the 1,2, 4, 5 and 6 trains at rush hour, Pure Bronx is a page-turner thatll make you cheer, bringing tears, and laughter.
Pure Bronx is the story of a young couple from the South Bronx trying to make it out of the ghetto and have a taste of the prosperity middle class Americans take for granted.
Khalil is a 21-year-old hustler. Hes intelligent, respectful and was born and raised in the Patterson Houses. He is also the main provider for his family.
Rasheeda is a 19-year old who moved to the nearby Mitchell Houses when she was 8 years old and has fought her whole life to stay in school. Now in college, she is struggling and to make ends meet. Rasheeda dances at a local strip club. Shes the main provider for her mother and younger brother.
They meet and things starts out good but after falling behind in her tuition payments and getting suspended from work, Rasheeda breaks down in front of Khalil.
She reveals her intense hatred at having to strip to go to school. She jokingly suggests kidnapping her richest client, Robert Seidman, who happens to be one of the wealthiest men on Wall Street.
Khalil takes her suggestions seriously and hatch a plan with the help of his friends, Mamadoo and Juno. They kidnapped Seidman, after drugging him and hiding him at Junos garage, they discover not only that Seidman has been involved in a Ponzi scheme, but theres no money. They have to go Plan B when Seidmans wife, feeling betrayed, tells the kidnappers they might as well kill him.
Action packed, set in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency, PURE BRONX is more than just a coming of age tale from the hood. Its a story of the vast diversity of people who make the Bronx what it is, including hustlers, gang bangers, immigrants, and the working poor, and powerful interests trying to make money off its struggling people. And its about love what you sacrifice, and what you accept, just for a chance at real happiness.
Read Pure Bronx and find out why this action packed, drama filled story is more potent than just any coming-of-age tale from the hood. Packed with more drama than straphangers on the 1,2, 4, 5 and 6 trains at rush hour, Pure Bronx is a
page-turner thatll make you cheer, bringing tears, and laughter.
About the Author
Mark Naison aka Notorious PhD is a professor at Fordham University who knows the streets of the Bronx as well as he knows the inside of a college library and has spent time in some of NY City's most famous jails. A longtime political activist, he has earned "street cred" through his you tube videos, his appearance on the Chappelle Show and contact with hip hop artists in Europe and the Bronx. Although he has published many books and articles on a wide variety of subjects, some people consider him the professor you'd least like to meet in a dark alley. PURE BRONX is his first novel.
Melissa Castillo-Garsow is a Mexican American writer from New York pursuing her doctorate in American Studies at Yale University. In addition to being a published poet, journalist and short story writer, she has presented across the country on topics such as Hip Hop in Brazil and Street Literature. Her first novel, the streets and characters of Pure Bronx where inspired by living in East Harlem while attending school in the Bronx.
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