Horse and Ahab share the kind of contempt and love for one another that only true friends can. Months after graduating high school, Horse is getting married to his longtime girlfriend, Melissa, and moving into her apartment in Manhattan, and Ahab has enlisted in the Marines. They’ve found ways to escape the neighborhood, just not together.
From the extraordinary fiction debut, Slapboxing with Jesus, that launched Victor LaValle to literary stardom—a raw, gritty, and unremittingly truthful look into the lives of two friends who go to say goodbye to each other and their neighborhood on the shores of Rockaway Beach.
Victor LaValle is the author of six previous works of fiction: three novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories. His novels have been included in best-of-the-year lists by The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, The… More about Victor LaValle
Praise for Victor LaValle and Slapboxing with Jesus:
“Reminiscent of James Baldwin, LaValle does a remarkable job of capturing the sometimes-harsh realities of young people growing up in urban cities.” —The Source
“Earnest . . . high-wire prose about the lower depths. The no-hopers . . . are offset by one sterling character, who sees through the destructive swagger of the neighborhood streets and eventually gets himself out.” —The New Yorker
“LaValle’s work is first-rate and it reminds us that by accepting our imperfections, we have a chance to become beautiful.” —The Village Voice
“The characters in Victor D. LaValle’s astonishingly good story collection . . . are tough young men and women of New York City’s outer boroughs, old in experience of tawdry pleasures and arbitrary cruelties, yet the inventiveness and soulful vigor of their voices make these tales of thwarted longings not just wrenching but exhilarating to read.” —Elle