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1) The connection between Byron and Lamar has always been Thomas, and it's through him that they both achieve redemption. The book is narrated from the third person point of view, first from Byron, then from Lamar. It deals with race relations in the deep south and masterfully touches all the aspects from the late seventies to today. Lamar's grandmother had taught him that: ""Whites are uncomfortable with the white man being free. They can be pretty nasty. But black men in authority think they got something to prove and in the wink of an eye can turn dangerous. If any officer, particularly a black one, stops you, remember your 'yes sirs' even if it kills you to say it. It might kill you if you don't."" The character development is flawless and masterful. The characters come out of the book frame and talk to the reader. It almost feels like you're there with them. I had some trouble with my e-book edition. On page 121 there were spelling errors and repetitive sentences and incorrect grammar. They happened a bit later in the text. I hope someone gets to correct this. This was indeed a masterful book and a great read. Highly recommend it.

2) This is a great story set in Mississippi and set in initially in a homophobic town. The prose is beautiful. Although there were some typos in one area, it was a very well developed story where the characters are very three dimensional and very moving.

Deluge by Vincent Meis
Gay Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 438 pages
Publisher: Fallen Bros Press (July 7, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0997672803
ISBN-13: 978-0997672800
Amazon: Deluge
Amazon Kindle: Deluge

When a young white man in high school, becomes involved with a black football star, the relationship leads to disastrous results in a small town in Mississippi. It is the early 1980’s and racism and homophobia are very much alive. In Book One of the novel, Byron struggles with revenge, redemption, and the sexuality that always seems to lead to pain. In Book Two, a young black man wonders about the mystery surrounding the uncle he never knew. Lamar’s struggles have to do with avoiding the pitfalls that often befall black youth, complicated by the fact that he is a Katrina refugee in Oakland and must deal with his own fluid sexuality. The story is revealed through the two characters, one white, one black, one rich, one poor. Their lives and families become entwined, and ultimately new families are formed. The experiences of the characters reflect the issues surrounding race and sexuality in the last thirty years in the U.S.

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