Not My Idea of Heaven (My Story)

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Heaven, My Home is a propulsive and compelling novel, worthy of comparisons to Walter Mosley. The story whips along towards a resolution so neat and tidy that it skates very close to cliche, but Locke's exploration of Matthews's predicament digs deep into the tension between "the impulse to police crimes against black life and to protect black life from police". It is buttressed by passages of gorgeous lyricism, with loving, elegiac evocations of Texas set alongside extended meditations on displacement, reconciliation and forgiveness, and on what "home" means in a place where it's an idea you can't "exactly touch".

In remote rural Texas, the descendants of freed slaves share their land with some of the state's last Native Americans.

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Attica Locke's magnificent new novel, Heaven, My Home, is set on the side of a lake where this small community struggles to survive, encroached on by angry white men who deal in drugs and stolen goods. Into this unstable situation comes Darren Matthews, a Texas Ranger from Houston sent to investigate the disappearance of a nine-year-old white boy.


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Locke's novel is set in the aftermath of the presidential election, and shines an unflinching light on an ugly side of contemporary America. One of America's finest crime novelists Web development by Firsty Group. This website requires cookies to provide all of its features. For more information on what data is contained in the cookies, please see our Cookie Notice.

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To accept cookies from this site, please click the Allow Cookies button below. She kept a blog, she said, hoped someday to finish a book, get it published. We each took a night ride, by the way. I kept close track of my friend, just to make sure.

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Around midnight a chubby little girl showed up in her nightgown. Seemed it happened pretty often. An iPod played into an amplifier, a huge pot spit out seafood smells.

And not one person pulled for Ole Miss. Bean had her first crawfish, I sang a bad rendition of Little Big Town, our short hair waved to buzz cuts and bump-its.

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Redneck Hell, came the hoots as a rack ripped open. We were stuffed and happy in our yoga pants and thrift store sweaters. Morning brought biscuits, bacon, and church. I grew up in a house of hopeful pagans, Bean turned Unitarian at Back in the pickup, we rattled down the road to a one-room building, with a basement for events.

The Texas Ranger character she introduced in 2017 makes a reappearance in her latest work.

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Add to Basket. Add to Wishlist Add to Compare. About the book Nine-year-old Levi King knew he should have left for home sooner; instead he found himself all alone, adrift on the vastness of Caddo Lake. Reviews A powerful, angry, important book. Attica Locke is a major talent. Close It appears you don't have the ability to view PDFs in this browser.