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By Donovan Mixon

Tim's a suffering black child at the suggest streets of Newark. How some distance can he run? the place can he hide?

What is innocence? the place does it move? Tim does not learn in addition to his classmates in an inner-city Newark highschool. he is obtained strong road creds, although, riffing unusual rap-rhymes and operating just like the wind. he is packed right into a three-flat together with his mom, sister and Uncle Gentrale. His father, a under the influence of alcohol, lately walked out at the kin, in need of a few "freedom." He says, "Ahgottahandleonit, son." He does not. Nor does Tim. he is a sophomore, already years at the back of in class. he will be a sophomore back if he does not cross his skillability examination. He desires to do what's correct, yet anger boils deep within him. The final day of college ahead of summer time, Tim slaps Mr. Jones, the only instructor who has desired to support. He does not recognize why. It was once simply there, a rage born of a few darkish heritage. Uncle Gentrale attempts to give an explanation for, a few loopy shit approximately dwelling backpedal south. Marie reaches out to him for romance, yet that does not paintings both. In a struggle with a few gangbangers, the craze boils over and Tim slams Chucky within the head with a rock. Chucky dies. Tim steals his cellphone. He contains it, like an albatross, during the summer—wanting to run, to conceal, to talk fact, to be unfastened. might be Mr. Jones will comprehend. Tim wishes his lifestyles to matter.

Donovan Mixon is a jazz guitarist and a former Berklee collage of song Professor. He moved to Chicago in 2010 after a longer sojourn educating in Italy and Turkey. Ahgottahandleonit is his first novel.

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