I don’t normally read urban novels that are, well, overly urban because I can’t relate to them & I often feel like they are glorifying the street life. However, I was in the airport waiting on a flight, looking for a way to kill time & I happened to pick up a novel called “White Lines” by Tracy Brown. As slow as I am, I didn’t immediately catch what “white lines” meant.
What did catch my eye was the author’s word from the author on the inside of the book:
“….I’ve grieved with friends who lost loved ones to AIDS and other drug-related illnesses…” She goes on to describe her experiences growing up aroung the drug game in the eighties and nineties, then continues, “….In telling the story in White Lines, I want to shed light on every aspect of the drug game to show that no one ever wins in this game. There are only losers….”
Okay, so this peaked my interest! An urban novel about the drug game that told the truth about the drug game? That sounded good to me and the book was thick enough to occupy my waiting time and my flight to my destination and back, or so I thought. The 497-page novel was a true page-turned that I ended up reading in two days & had nothing to read on the way back! Tracy Brown’s story about troubled Jada who goes from “crack addict and prostitute to survivor” is eye-opening. The book is a little bit love story, a little bit tragedy, and full of surprises and truths woven into an intricate plot. This is not your shallow book about a ghetto love story. It’s a true novel that celebrates the urban tradition while exposing the hardships that people go through, how they end up caught up in the game, and what happens when they try to get out of it.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially someone like myself who loves to support urban novels, but gets tired of books about sex and drugs with no plot. You won’t be disappointed with this one.
Purchase the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/White-Lines-Tracy-Brown/dp/0312336489
Visit Tracy Brown’s official website: http://www.tracy-brown.com/