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TLC Book Tours: 57. Black Water Rising by Attica Locke...

May 20, 2010
Today, we have Attica Locke touring with TLC Book Tours for Black Water Rising.

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attica lockeAbout the author:
Attica Locke is a writer whose first novel, Black Water Rising, was nominated for a 2010 Edgar Award, a 2010 NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was longlisted for an Orange Prize in the UK. Attica is also a screenwriter who has written movie and television scripts for Paramount, Warner Bros, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, HBO, Dreamworks and Silver Pictures. She was also a fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmakers Lab and is a graduate of Northwestern University. A native of Houston, Texas, Attica lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. She is currently at work on her second book. Find her online at

Title: Black Water Rising
Author: Attica Locke
ISBN-13: 9780061735868
Paperback: 427 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2009
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon

drey's thoughts:
What do you do when you've given up on your American Dream, because there's no way to get there now, not after you've been betrayed and have a record? Well... You make do. Make as good a life as you can. Especially when you love your wife, and she's expecting a new addition to the family.

And that's exactly what Jay Porter does. Eking out a living as an attorney who's barely making ends meet, he has "connections" arrange for a nice boat ride on the bayou to celebrate his wife's birthday. Midway into the celebration, they hear gunshots and rescue a woman who comes stumbling into the bayou. And Jay gets dragged kicking and screaming into a plot so convoluted, he doesn't believe it even when he finally realizes it.

Attica Locke's Black Water Rising was not an easy read--there were so many things going on that I almost took notes to keep track of it all. But it's wrapped up nicely in the end. Give it a try for some summer reading.

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Challenges: 100+, Pub


bermudaonion said...

The book sounds like it's got a promising premise - too bad there's so much going on it. I get confused when I read books like that!

Marie said...

Nice review. I can't wait to read this one.

Anonymous said...

Sounds a little too confusing for me.

trish said...

Wow! That *is* a complicated book! Glad you liked it in the end. :) Thanks for being on this tour!

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