Iced:: A Novel A. Ray Shell

ISBN: 9780679428978

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276 pages


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Iced:: A Novel  by  A. Ray Shell

Iced:: A Novel by A. Ray Shell
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This extraordinary, immensely powerful debut novel takes the form of a diary written by Cornelius Washington, Jr. - a forty-four-year-old crack addict. The diary, a passionate and gripping stream-of-consciousness confession, captures the harshMoreThis extraordinary, immensely powerful debut novel takes the form of a diary written by Cornelius Washington, Jr. - a forty-four-year-old crack addict. The diary, a passionate and gripping stream-of-consciousness confession, captures the harsh realities of Corneliuss grim present and his vivid memories of the exuberance and turmoil of his earlier life.

The product of a strict and loving upwardly mobile middle-class family, Cornelius excelled in school and went to Columbia on full scholarship. Opportunity was rife for this bright, ambitious young black man, and for a time he seized it, personally and professionally. For years he dabbled with drugs, but always just for fun, until, sometime in his thirties, a friend in the music business introduced him to crack.

Shells searingly authentic account of a mans self-conscious but helpless submission to addiction documents a tragic contemporary phenomenon. As we follow, mesmerized, Corneliuss path toward the fate he most fears - becoming what he calls a Vampire-Zombie, one of the lost, dead souls at the end of the addiction line - we experience not only the horrors of an addicts life but a compelling and often uplifting story of human love and loss.



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