At a glance:
- Author: Alice Childress
- First Published: 1973
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Social morality
- Time of Work: Early 1970’s
- Setting: Harlem, New York
- Genres: Long fiction, Social realism, Novel
- Subjects: African Americans, 1960's, New York, North America or North Americans, Northeast, U.S., United States or Americans, Parents and children, Teenagers, Race, New York City, Friendship, Substance abuse, Inner cities or inner-city life, Fathers, Single parents or single-parent families, Dropouts, Drug addiction or addicts, Drug education or counseling, Drugs, Heroin
- Locales: United States, New York, North America, Harlem, New York
Benjie Johnson, a thirteen-year-old black heroin addict. Benjie is rebellious and searches for meaning in his life while purposely disrupting the lives of his friends and members of his family. He believes that he caused his father to abandon him and his mother. Benjie longs for validation, particularly because he feels like an intruder in his own home, where his mother attempts to show love both to him and to her common-law husband, Craig Butler. Benjie rejects and provokes Butler, forcing his mother to choose between them....
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