Seduced

Paperback | January 21, 1997

byNelson George

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"[A] smart, funny, and wonderfully resonant novel . . . It's the 1980s, and aspiring songwriter Derek Harper is a man easily seduced. Not only do the Big Three *money, fame, and women *keep him running, but Harper falls prey to subtler forms of seduction as well: the ease of rationalizing bad behavior, abdicating responsibility, and keeping the whole world at arm's length. All these issues are brilliantly interwoven with a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry, particularly the evolution of rap."

*Los Angeles Times Book Review



"Seduced is at its most compelling when author Nelson George delves into the differences between life in the projects and the middle-class heaven of St. Albans and how it evolved over thirty years. . . . George's style is, well, seductive, luring the reader into a world that takes in the range of black experience funneled through the music industry."

*St. Petersburg Times



"Seduced shows Nelson George at the top of his game doing what he does best: zinging the black music biz. The road chapters alone have enough shrill wit, stabbing satire, and tight accuracy to parallel the life of anyone who's ever been out there during the Reagan-stressed '80s."

*Houston Chronicle



"In Seduced, Nelson keeps it real. This is a sex story, a New York story, and a music biz story rolled into one, starring a humble, beautifully average middle-class dreamer, who's not unlike a male version of a Terry McMillan heroine."

*Touré

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EThe indulgent, excessive, and unabashedly seductive eighties set the scene for author-screenwriter-critic Nelson George's second novel--an unapologetic look at life in the music industry's fast lane. George serves up a twenty-year slice from the life of Derek Harper--an r&b purist and struggling songwriter trying to sell soul without ...

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"[A] smart, funny, and wonderfully resonant novel . . . It's the 1980s, and aspiring songwriter Derek Harper is a man easily seduced. Not only do the Big Three *money, fame, and women *keep him running, but Harper falls prey to subtler forms of seduction as well: the ease of rationalizing bad behavior, abdicating responsibility, and ke...

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"[A] smart, funny, and wonderfully resonant novel . . . It's the 1980s, and aspiring songwriter Derek Harper is a man easily seduced. Not only do the Big Three *money, fame, and women *keep him running, but Harper falls prey to subtler forms of seduction as well: the ease of rationalizing bad behavior, abdicating responsibility, and ke...

Nelson George is the author of several non-fiction books, including "The Death of Rhythm & Blues"&"Hip Hop America", both nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, & three novels, "One Woman Short", "Seduced", & the "Essence" Blackboard bestseller "Urban Romance". An award-winning journalist, he is also an accomplished scre...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.56 × 5.56 × 0.75 inPublished:January 21, 1997Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345412664

ISBN - 13:9780345412669

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EThe indulgent, excessive, and unabashedly seductive eighties set the scene for author-screenwriter-critic Nelson George's second novel--an unapologetic look at life in the music industry's fast lane. George serves up a twenty-year slice from the life of Derek Harper--an r&b purist and struggling songwriter trying to sell soul without selling his soul.In the shark tank of the early-eighties music biz--where hip-hop is making killer waves, wannabe stars and predatory execs cruise relentlessly for hits--Derek trades devotion to Curtis Mayfield for the less-than-holy trinity of women, money, and fame.SEDUCED leads us to what one critic aptly dubs "the fascinating, forbidden locker room known as the black male psyche". In doing so, Nelson George ("a sort of black Tom Wolfe"--Houston Chronicle) and his hero ("a male version of a Terry McMillan heroine"--Toure) reveal nothing less than a generation's tragicomic affair with sex, success, and stardom