Black Water Rising: A Novel by Attica LockeBlack Water Rising: A Novel by Attica Locke

Black Water Rising: A Novel

byAttica Locke

Paperback | April 20, 2010

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Attica Locke—a writer and producer of FOX’s Empire—delivers an engrossing, complex, and cinematic thriller about crime and racial justice

Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist (Mystery/Thriller)
Edgar Award Nominee (Best First Novel)
The Orange Prize for Fiction (Shortlist)

“A near-perfect balance of trenchant social commentary, rich characterizations, and action-oriented plot.... Attica Locke [is] a writer wise beyond her years.”— Los Angeles Times

“Atmospheric… deeply nuanced... akin to George Pelecanos or Dennis Lehane....  Subtle and compelling.”— New York Times

Attica Locke is the author ofBlack Water Rising, which was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the UK's Orange Prize; and the national bestsellerThe Cutting Season, which won the 2013 Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. She is a coproducer and writ...
Title:Black Water Rising: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:April 20, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006173585X

ISBN - 13:9780061735851


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mental freedom It's 1981 and Jay Porter is a young, black lawyer in Houston, Texas. As a university student he spent much time involved in civil rights walks and protests. He thinks he is done with that, now he was preparing to become a first time father and is building his struggling legal practice.. He finds that life has a way of telling you when you have unfinished business. While the black population now appear to have all the same rights and privileges as their white neighbours, they are still earning less for performing the same work and not being promoted regardless of merit. You will have to read the book to find out what this refers to. Jay is torn between his memories of what he personally has struggled to overcome and the possible risks to his freedom and the safety of his wife and unborn child. I think that Bob Marley said it best, "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind..." Jay will not be truly free until he is free in his own mind. Within the first pages author Attica Locke had my empathy for Jay while he was on trial. As she described the bus load of church woman who attended each day of his trial, I could picture those women dressed in their sunday best and sitting for hours in that hot courtroom to show support for a boy they didn't even know. It's bringing tears to my eyes to even think that there truly are people who would do that. From that point on I was totally on Jay's side; I knew that he was a "good guy" and that he would ultimately make the right decision, whatever that might be. I was a child when these marches and protests were happening. I didn't read the newspaper yet, so I missed the whole thing. If my parents had talked about it, it wasn't when I was in hearing range. I found it informative to read the details of such a pivitol point in American history. It never felt like a lecture, it flowed in and blended with the story.
Date published: 2010-05-19

Editorial Reviews

“Publishers like to pepper their hypewithwords like ‘superlative,’ ‘auspicious,’ ‘universal,’ and ‘dazzling’ (all used about this book), claims that are usually ignored. This time, though, they’re absolutely right. If you only read one suspense novel this summer, make it Black Water Rising.”