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Passage by Khary Lazarre-White


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Passage by Khary Lazarre-White
Sep 26, 2017 | ISBN 9781609807832
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“Khary is using his passion to uplift and inspire a next generation….” —Oprah Winfrey

Mr. Lazarre-White has written an artfully compact parable of a noble soul seeking deliverance.”–Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

“Khary Lazarre-White is one of the most transformative men of his generation.  As co-founder  of Bro/Sis organization he has changed countless lives. In Passage he brings that same sense of purpose to a chilling tale that follows a young man named Warrior.  Set in 1993, this rich intelligent work documents how the ghosts of the past still haunt us.” –Patrik Bass, Essence

“As Warrior experiences dangers real and imagined, current and ancestral, Lazarre-White, activist and founder of a Harlem-based youth-education organization, infuses his vivid journey with thought- and discussion-provoking symbolism. This is a unique and haunting portrayal of a young black man considering his inheritance, and his destiny.” 

“Khary Lazarre-White’s gripping, relentless dive into the inner life of a young African American male named Warrior invites readers into a world where few have dared to venture. In this world, mysticism and madness walk hand in hand with the waking reality of so many young Black men in America, a reality that by any rational measure is itself insane. In Passage, Lazarre-White offers insights and answers to the one question the media never asks when scrutinizing young Black men for their responses to that reality: Why?” —Susan L. Taylor

“The reader wants to break free from the madness that circumscribes Warrior’s world — and this is the point. A high school student whose intellect goes unnoticed, Warrior cannot close a book to escape the maelstrom, and neither should the reader. After all, if certain scenes are difficult to read, Lazarre-White implies, imagine how difficult it must be to live them. This dystopia is his neighborhood.” –Eisa Nefertari Ulen, Los Angeles Review of Books

“Powerful, lyrical and evocatively written, Passage is a transportive story of love and survival, a walk in the shoes of a young man negotiating an uncertain present, a painful past and the promising future he may never have. A stunning debut.” —Terence Winter, creator and executive producer, Boardwalk Empire; Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay nominee for The Wolf of Wall Street 

Passage is a work of great originality, pain, and aching beauty. Its protagonist, Warrior, a sensitive, haunted and haunting young man, bears the burden of history: the past is always near, shaping and informing present realities of black boys like himself. As he traverses a dystopian urban landscape, one that is both surreal and all too real, he encounters the depth of Black Rage, the persistence of Black Death, and the tremendous capacity of Black Love. Like Warrior, Passage pays homage to its predecessors, while forging its own path—one that speaks most eloquently to our present and insists that we create a starkly different future.” —Farah Jasmine Griffin, author of Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II

“You will not soon forget this gem of a book. With powerful, searing prose, Mr. Lazarre-White has written a book that in Kafka’s immortal phrase wounds and stabs. From the haunting opening passage about Midnight Blue, the reader cannot look away, no matter how much pain spills across these pages; pages which cross the expanse from 1993 Harlem to the slavers of antebellum America. Without the pain, however, the story would ring hollow. This novel is anything but. This is a book about History. And Memory. And Destiny. What happens to a people who neglect their past? They are cut off, cast adrift. As they lose themselves, it remains for a few witnesses to hold a light against the seductive power of the abyss. Never easy, often in isolation, those who see and remember can lead the way out of the swamp, back to a place that is genuine. The poet Czeslaw Milosz understood the immense difficulties of living as History walks among us with its necklace of severed heads. So too does Mr. Lazarre-White. He, through his memorable characters, resists the pull of the Crossroad, and points out another way.” —Shawn Wathen, Chapter One Bookstore, Hamilton, MT

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