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Mama Black Widow Audiobook

Mama Black Widow

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Publisher's Summary

Mama Black Widow tells the tragic story of Otis Tilson, a stunning black drag queen trapped in a cruel queer ghetto underworld. In hopes of escaping the racial bigotry andeconomic injustice of the South, Otis' family journeys north from their plantation to an urban promised land. Once in Chicago, Otis and his siblings become prisoners to a wasteland of violence, crime, prostitution, and rape. This is the gut-wrenching tale of the destruction of a family and the truest portrayal of homosexuality in the ghetto ever told.

©2014 Iceberg Slim (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Matthew S. Hill 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dark, gritty and hard... Awesome!"

    The dark story of a black drag queens personal ( traumatic ) life. Scars the skin and the mind.
    Intriguing till the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 11-10-16
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 11-10-16 Member Since 2012

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "Imprinted Images In My Mind Forever.."

    Mama Black Widow is a haunting and gut-wrenching story of a black transvestite who's been through hell, hell's half acre, back to hell, and back to earth. There is no other way to describe this beautiful narrative; beautiful because of the raw truth to it- but terribly ugly when dealing with all of the hate and confusion in the story.

    When we think of transgender people, people like Caitlyn Jenner come to mind- people who make bold choices with their lifestyles and have glitz, glamour, and popularity. Mama Black Widow shatters that glamorous image and shows the world what things were really like for poor, transgender and gay folks in the past few decades.

    The journey that one takes with this book's narrative is daunting and incredible. The narration is perfect, the story line made my stomach lurch, my skin crawl, and my eyes water all at the same time. This book is real, gutsy, and completely worth reading or listening to more than once. I appreciate Iceberg Slim and I am honoured to have heard this profound story of struggle and bravery.

    -Wendi

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    JMKIII58 Clarksville, TN, United States 02-24-16
    JMKIII58 Clarksville, TN, United States 02-24-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Saddest of them all"

    From the first chapter to the end the sad tale of Otis Tillson and his family. Sadness and despair follow him and his family. Another vivid and real story told by Robert Beck. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    msgriffin23 03-10-16
    msgriffin23 03-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    Okay but not the best I have heard. I would not listen again. I think it was more so the readers voice than anything.

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