Books by Albert French

I CAN'T WAIT ON GOD by Albert French
Released: Aug. 17, 1998

"Lots of set pieces reveal French's narrative muscle, though the drug and jazz scenes can—t beat the recently rediscovered period fictions of Clarence Cooper or Herbert Simmons."
The author of two previous novels (Billy, 1993; Holly, 1995) and a Vietnam memoir (Patches of Fire, 1997) returns to the Homewood section of Pittsburgh—familiar also to readers of John Edgar Wideman—for this tale of jazz, violence, and ghetto- porch culture. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 1997

"Pulitzer Prizewinning Fortunate Son (1991)."
A tautly introspective, impressionistic literary memoir that fills a gaping void in the literature of the American war in Vietnam by brilliantly illuminating the war and postwar experiences of an African-American veteran. Read full book review >
HOLLY by Albert French
Released: May 1, 1995

"An inconsequential, though honest, tale of love and life in race-conscious America."
Illicit love of the most explosive kind for a small town in 1940s North Carolina is the theme of French's second novel— following his acclaimed debut, Billy (1993)—but this would-be sizzler fizzles, defused by pointless heaps of girl talk and basic teen turbulence. Read full book review >
BILLY by Albert French
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"For a fine treatment of similar material, read Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying (p. 167)."
Death, race, and injustice in the Deep South—in a deeply felt but crude first novel about the accidental death of a white girl that leads to the judicial murder of the black boy who killed her. Read full book review >