Best Black & African American Urban Fiction Reviews From BookViral

"Wonderful plot elements and superb characters..."

Black & African American Urban Fiction
BookViral Golden Quill Reads

Recommend  for the coveted BookViral Crimson Quill. To make your recommendation simply click on the award badge below..…. 

  • ASIN: ‎ B0C1MN2NW3
  • Publisher: ‎ Legacy Books LLC. (May 11, 2023)
  • Publication date: ‎ May 11, 2023
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 499 pages
  • Genre: Black & African American Urban Fiction

The BookViral Review:

A novel that will tear at the heart Mothers Vol. 1 is the powerful prologue to the award-winning novel, Defining Moments: Black and White. A novel about a mother’s courage and resilience as she struggles to raise her two boys after their father’s untimely death.

His narrative is verbally smart and the various contrivances and tangles of his plot are cleverly played out. Provoking reflection on the dichotomy between societal expectations and the race-defined self.

Burgess Jr. Isn’t the first author to tackle the subject and he won’t be the last but far too many reads in the Black & African American Urban Fiction genre fail to go beyond transgressive violent romps. This is something Burgess Jr. nimbly avoids and in doing so he gives readers so much more than a narrative that plays like a laundry list of difficulties faced specifically by the urban black community.

There is an overt message in Mothers Vol. 1 but it isn’t preachy and it’s something that’s often hard to pull off and Burgess Jr. achieves it by making us empathize with the hopelessness his key characters face, and encouraging us to ask, along with them, how long can this go on.

This is conveyed through the narrative perspectives of Juanita and her oldest son Jalen. They are both flawlessly crafted characters and it’s through them that we are challenged to think beyond cause-and-effect, stereotypes and expectations without allowing his main characters to tangle up his plot.

Both Juanita and Jalen feel trapped and are despairing of a way out and Burgess Jr. moves their story forward with an abundance of energy and superb dialogue whilst exploring what education means on differing levels in a faltering urban structure. From the classroom to the office to what kids on the corner are learning about drugs and easy money. It’s bold and sweeping and in the burgeoning friendship between Jalen and Akeem, we get an intimate perspective that’s easy to access and decipher.

With wonderful plot elements and superb characters, Mothers Vol 1 is a novel you will not only enjoy immensely but want to talk about! It is an unreservedly recommended 5-star read.

Recommended Book Reviews
In The BookViral Spotlight

History of Civilisation & Culture

History of Civilisation & Culture

All over the world, there are fantastic ruins and improbable objects which cannot be explained by conventional theories of history, archaeology, and religion. It’s good to keep an open mind, and it’s good to be sceptical, but neither one of these attitudes can be an end in itself and by asking us to question conventional views Martin makes this her guiding principle throughout.

Read More »
Conspiracy and Crime Thrillers

Conspiracy and Crime Thrillers

A riveting combination of conspiracy and suspense that throws surprises at the reader regularly Girls, Crimes, and the Ruling Body proves a taut and exciting read with Ziman leveraging his own experiences as Director of Legislation in New York State and a lobbyist in Washington, DC to good effect.

Read More »

Author Publishing Tips & Recommended Book Reviews

Fiction and immortality
Author Blogs
Editorial Team

Life and Death – living forever.

We are constantly and enduringly fascinated with fictional accounts of parallel existence, alternative realities and genetic engineering. Films such as ‘The Fountain’ present immortality as attainable, whilst books such as ‘The Book Thief’ (Markus Zusak) explore the nature of death, in this case by death himself acting as narrator.

Read More »

Book Reviews That Readers Trust.

From humble beginnings in 2002 as a book review club BookViral has grown to become the first choice in book reviews for authors around the world and one of the biggest book review sites on the web. BookViral reaches millions of potential readers through best practice SEO and a trusted social media presence ensuring readers get unbiased, critical recommendations they can trust. 

BookViral also offers a full suite of author services, including, book editing services for unpublished and self-published authors, website design and bespoke SEO that help authors get discovered by more potential readers as well as industry influencers, such as publishers, agents and film executives. 

© Copyright 2019 BookViral Reviews. All Rights Reserved.