The Residue Years

A Novel

Jackson, Mitchell S.

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Residue Years
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Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America's whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the '90s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place, with a break-out voice that's nothing less than extraordinary."The Residue Years" switches between the perspectives of a young man, Champ, and his mother, Grace. Grace is just out of a drug treatment program, trying to stay clean and get her kids back. Champ is trying to do right by his mom and younger brothers, and dreams of reclaiming the only home he and his family have ever shared. But selling crack is the only sure way he knows to achieve his dream. In this world of few options and little opportunity, where love is your strength and your weakness, this family fights for family and against what tears one apart.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 1620400294
9781620400289
1620400286
Branch Call Number: FICTION JACKSON 2013
Characteristics: 346 pages ;,22 cm

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This year’s Everybody Reads pick really is a novel every Portlander
needs to read. It’s a modern day Grapes of Wrath in its unflinching look at society. Jackson’s mix of street and literary language is electrifying.

Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 17, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.

Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 9, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.

Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 10, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.

Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 9, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.


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Mar 23, 2015
  • DebH2U rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Took a while to get into the story because the language and lingo was often unfamiliar, but once I got the hang of it, I really loved this story. Very poignant and real to life. A tale of family and hardship, love and determination. Well-written. Heart-wrenching.

Jan 17, 2015

5 stars, excellent writing, griping story of survival while dealing with drug dealing and addiction.

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