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Whoreson

Donald Goines

ISBN 9780870679711
Publish Date 1/1/2008
Format Paperback
Categories Holloway House Classics
List Price: $7.99

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Goines takes the reader into the violent world of ghetto prostitution. Whoreson Jones, the novel’s hero, is the son of a beautiful black prostitute and an unknown white john. By the age of sixteen, he is a full-fledged pimp, cold-blooded and ruthless. Written in gritty street talk, Whoreson’s story affords a starling glimpse into the hell of the inner city, yet bristles with bitter humor and defiant pride.

“All those [other black] writers, no matter how well they dealt with black experience, appealed largely to an educated, middle-class, largely white readership. They brought news of one place to the residents of another. Goines’ novels, on the other hand , are written from ground zero. They are almost unbearable. It is not the educated voice of a writer who has, so to speak, risen above his background, it is the voice of the ghetto itself.” --Michael Covino The Village Voice

About Donald Goines:

Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family’s dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.

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excellence (Tuesday, December 29, 2015)
Reviewer: Frost

if you're at all familiar with the lucrative lifestyle, this book will immediately draw your attention from beginning to end.


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