Thursday, September 16, 2010

Black Water Rising: Oil-hungry Houston

Black Water RisingBlack Water Rising by Attica Locke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Considering this is Locke's first novel, it is an excellent effort. She paints Houston in the early '80s as a greedy, oil-hungry place divided into rich and poor, black and white. Her main character has a tormented past that continues to follow him around, sometimes in his mind.

It's a novel of redemption and hope, in the end. It's a good solid story, but at times I found myself getting a bit bogged down in the details. It could have gripped me more and drawn me in deeper.

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