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  1. A tale of self-determination in a world that refuses to listen. Bowie doesn’t intend to kill hurt his mother—he just wants to collect his social security check from her. But when she throws around words like hallucinating and tells him he’s “hearing things,” his fear is triggered, and he takes action. This event, coupled with a history of reported psychotic episodes, a gambling addiction, his sexual preference for other men, and a shimmer that whispers vile things to him, sets Bowie on a collision course with mental health professionals, the police, and the prison system. In sharp, unapologetic prose, David Jackson Ambrose explores the intersection of race, sexuality, and mental health in the United States. Advance Praise “A compulsively readable tale of Black gay love, buried family secrets, homophobia, madness and who gets to be called sane; a cutting portrayal of the failings of America’s mental health system." —John R. Gordon, author of Drapetomania; Noah's Arc “The inner life of people with mental disabilities has never been portrayed with such startling nuance, compassion, and complexity. The disabling effects of our mental health system are explored, exposed, and exploded through two unforgettable characters in this powerful page-turner. David Jackson Ambrose once again proves himself to be a master storyteller of the stories America refuses to tell.” —Jennifer Natalya Fink, Author and Professor, Georgetown University About the Author David Jackson Ambrose has an MFA in Creative Writing from Temple University, an MA in Writing Studies from Saint Joseph’s University, and a BA in Africana Studies from The University of Pennsylvania. His debut novel, State of the Nation, was a 2018 Lambda Literary Award finalist in the Gay Fiction category. His second novel, A Blind Eye (NineStar Press) was named by Lambda Literary as one of April 2021’s most anticipated books. Publication Date: June 28, 2022 ISBN: 978-1-938841-97-2 Size: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in. Format: Trade Paperback Extent: 384 pages Price: $17.99 Marketing & Media Contact Vanessa Daunais marketing@jadedibispress.com
  2. For Immediate Release Contact: Joy Doss | East West PR 646.489.44432 | phone joy@eastwestpr.net | email Author David Jackson Ambrose Tackles LGBT relationships, the differently abled perspective, mental health and “transracialism” in sophomore novel, A Blind Eye Multiple worlds collide in Philadelphia-based author David Jackson Ambrose’s sophomore novel, A Blind Eye. The novel delves into various forms of domestic abuse, disability, the politics of racial and gender identity, and the complexities of police/civilian interactions. Ambrose says, “For me, ‘disability’ is a trigger word. My writing explores the ways that the inherent racism of Western patriarchy imposes a kind of disability for marginalized people - be they non-white, non-male, or any other identity outside the heteronormative paradigm. About the book: Babe thought he had done all the right things. He works a respectable job, owns his own home, pays his taxes, and throws jury duty summonses in the trash just like every other fellow American. He even stays faithful to his promiscuous boyfriend. But even through all of the right things, he is unsatisfied with his life. Chance, an Eminem wannabe, drops his pants low and listens to hip hop to show his alliance with Black culture, but Babe has to learn to accept him as more than the “W” word: a wigger. Alise and her special-needs son, Rueben, have been evicted and reduced to living in a car when her husband runs out on them. They now have to rebuild their lives after losing all their earthly possessions. Babe finds that Alise and Chance may represent an opportunity for a fresh start as they navigate the intricacies of race relations, working class disillusionment, and mental health. About the author DAVID JACKSON AMBROSE is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He has an M.A. from Saint Joseph’s University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University. He has presented at the National Conference for Teachers of English. His exploration of race and the mental health field was selected for honorable mention for AWP’s 2016 Intro Journals Project. Ambrose was selected as a 2018 Lambda Literary Award finalist for his debut novel, State of the Nation. He describes his work as “a focus on marginalized people and the ways identities are shaped by a confluence of the prison industrial complex, the mental health factory, (both of which he refers to as neo-plantations) and police state apparatus as it collides with gender, sexuality and the construct of race to impose disability and hierarchy as part of the design of American capitalism.” David currently works in Performance Management for a governmental behavioral health oversight entity. Pub. Information: A Blind Eye (pub. date April 5, 2021) NineStar Press Now Available for order at area bookstores and online: ISBN# ebook: 978-164890-247-5 Print: 978-1-64890-248-2 Review copies - please contact publicist or www.ninestarpress.com For more information visit www.davidjacksonambrose.com ###
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