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Publishers Weekly Review for YOUNG JUNIUS
It is IN!! Pub Weekly, the powerhouse reviewing company has weighed in on Young Junius. This is what they had to say:
Seth Harwood, Tyrus (Consortium, dist.), $24.95 (408p) ISBN 978-1-935562-28-3; $14.95 paper ISBN 978-1-935562-27-6
Set in 1987, Harwood’s searing if overlong look at doomed youth chronicles a few pivotal days in the life of 14-year-old Junius Posey, a captive of poverty, ignorance, and misguided social programming in the Rindge Towers, a drug-ridden Cambridge, Mass., housing project. Beginning with his older brother Temple’s funeral, Junius’s extended quest to wreak vengeance on Temple’s killer and make himself a power in his ’hood results in a vicious black comedy of murderous errors. Harwood (Jack Wakes Up) pulls no punches, revealing not only the white death of crack cocaine but the ineffectuality of black liberals who believe their Harvard Law books can cure the malignancy inherent in “forgotten civic ideas” like the Towers and the desire of the Towers’ inhabitants to destroy anyone trying to escape. In the end, Junius’s fate is as old as Aeschylus, the endless cycle of killing “just a snake eating itself.” (Oct.)
---I have to mention here that I've also heard the writers of The Wire refer to their work as an Aeschylus story/tragedy. So I take that very well. Very well indeed. Black comedy? Yeah. I guess it is.