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Sam's Nieces and Nephews
This collection of short stories by Saint Solomon marks
the beginning of a literary career. Swallowed up by the
federal prison system, this new, young author reached into
his heart and soul and found a raw but compelling talent for
storytelling and writing that he had not known was there.
The twelve stories that poured out of his memory and
experience and imagination in six to seven months, stories
that he rewrote and edited time after time in forming this
book, give evidence to the literary promise of Saint
An enterprising young African American author is
nurturing a writing career by selling his books from the
trunk of his car on a street corner in Harlem. Interchanges
with his customers enliven his life and lead to friendships
both casual and serious.
In the broadest of strokes, it is the story of a young
man who has spent a year in jail now returning to his
traditional, middle-class, African-American family. In
prison, Matthew became Muhammad, as he was converted to the
Muslim faith (much to the consternation of his
shoot-from-the-lip father, Sam). Muhammad though that
conversion was complete; however, it was not. He is
challenged not only to come to grips with his parents,
steady, loving Eve and cantankerous Sam, but to avoid
letting the persona of Matthew dominate him once again.
After a disturbing struggle ' in which his relationship with
a young woman, both moral and physical, is defined '
Muhammad is successful, at least momentarily, as the novel
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