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A Feast Of Peonies

by.. Obi

Paperback | July 1, 2003

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This novel is written in the second person singular in a way that gives it moreimmediacy than the first person, and certainly more than the third. It is set in presentday Chicago. The protagonist is a middle-aged black man, Ashanti Ra, who, becausehe is on the run from the law accused of a crime he did not commit, is forced to livewith a young Puerto Rican gay man, Phillip a.k.a. Phyllis, whom he met at a Latin bara couple of days earlier. He was at the bar because he had just had an argument withhis white girlfriend of several years. She wanted to get married; he did not. The story concerns Ashanti's slow realization that, although he himself is notgay, he does care for Phyllis, and eventually accepts Phyllis as a lover. The theme of the book is that things in life happen, often with no explanationor apparent reason, and the story is laced with philosophical and religious musings. There is a subplot obliquely told in alternate chapters of Ashanti's sexual abuseas a boy by an older male cousin. Much of the protagonist's childhoodcharacterization is revealed in these chapters. This novel is for adults only, as some scenes depict explicit sex.
Title:A Feast Of PeoniesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:172 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:July 1, 2003Publisher:Penknife PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0974194905

ISBN - 13:9780974194905

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