"At once, then, a sobering memoir of one particular African-American child's triumph over brutality and long odds, and an extended consideration of cultural issues that are not only more general but far more familiar."
In a powerful yet theoretically overwrought memoir, Awkward (English/Univ. of Penn.) depicts the variegated influences that led him to become, in his terms, a —black male feminist.— Awkward grew up in Southwark, a rundown Philadelphia public housing project, in the early 1970s.
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