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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Alyson Books (Oct. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555833721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555833725
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,060,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Publishers Weekly

The Second Time Around is the sequel to B-Boy Blues, Hardy's hugely successful first "Africentric" gay hip-hop novel. Raheim Rivers is back, and he's trying to pick up the pieces and carry on with his life. The narrative is mostly dialogue?either Raheim's conversations with himself or with the people in his life?and it provides an engaging, immediate window to Raheim's character and his dawning maturity. The novel begins with and is centered around Raheim's reconciliation with his lover, Little Bit, who left him after Raheim hit him in a fit of jealousy. Through a series of flashbacks to his youth, readers learn what made Raheim the man he is now?a black man in love with another black man, not entirely out of the closet, prone to bursts of verbal violence and, most importantly, a man with an enormous capacity for love and for learning from his mistakes. Added to Raheim's struggle to win back Little Bit's trust are the complexities of co-raising his son, L'il Brotha Man. Raheim is determined to be a better father to his son than the one who left him and his mother behind. Things move in cycles of beginnings and endings, from Raheim's burgeoning modeling career to L'il Brotha Man's graduation from kindergarten. The result is an upbeat tale which, while confronting issues of violence, racism and homophobia, is romantic, absolutely sensual and downright funny.
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From Booklist

Fans of Hardy's stereotype-breaking B-Boy Blues (1994) will welcome this sequel, not least because it picks up where B-Boy left off, with gentle, educated, conventional-English-speaking, upper-middle-class Mitchell and his homeboy lover Raheim, whose family doesn't know he's gay, who speaks rappish black English yet is well read and wants to be a good father to his son, Junior. Mitchell is still writing freelance, Raheim is making it big-time as a model, and Junior still worships his daddy. The plot unfolds a little less quickly this time, but Hardy continues to astonish in such moving scenes as Mitchell's meeting with Raheim's mother and former wife. Equally important are the revelations Hardy affords of the reluctance with which two black socioeconomic classes come together and of the gap between the black gay and straight worlds. These concerns in Hardy's fiction elevate it from the level of mere entertainment to that of the work of such classic socially critical American novelists as Sinclair Lewis. Charles Harmon

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I absolutely loved B Boy Blues when it came out. The author created a unique writing style, firmly anchored in the everyday speech and real people of a special community, and told a story of universal appeal in that style. As with most sequels, 2nd Time Around is 'pastoral' in character. B Boy Blues is, by necessity, character- and plot-driven. In 2nd Time Around, we know the personas of the characters and how they communicate, and there is time to get into their heads more deeply -- who is where on various political and social issues, to say nothing of their own developing identities. In the end -- able craftsman that he is -- the author shows that it is all relevant to a skillfully insinuated plot that ties together like a classic pastoral comedy in the end. I was raised, long before the days of political correctness and the purchase of social status through elevated literary pretentions, on the down-to-earth value of 'dialect' literature. I was, and still am, completely in love with the dialect works of James Whitcomb Riley ("The Bear Story") and Paul Laurence Dunbar ("Little Brown Baby"). Since then, I've discovered that many languages have masters of the same approach -- Abu Nuas in Arabic comes to mind. The fact is, you can say the most profound things and make the most on-target observations in the spoken language that gets us from rising up to lying down every day. And so can James Earl Hardy. I can't wait to read the third in this series.
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I absolutely loved B Boy Blues when it came out. The author created a unique writing style, firmly anchored in the everyday speech and real people of a special community, and told a story of universal appeal in that style. As with most sequels, 2nd Time Around is 'pastoral' in character. B Boy Blues is, by necessity, character- and plot-driven. In 2nd Time Around, we know the personas of the characters and how they communicate, and there is time to get into their heads more deeply -- who is where on various political and social issues, to say nothing of their own developing identities. In the end -- able craftsman that he is -- the author shows that it is all relevant to a skillfully insinuated plot that ties together like a classic pastoral comedy in the end. I was raised, long before the days of political correctness and the purchase of social status through elevated literary pretentions, on the down-to-earth value of 'dialect' literature. I was, and still am, completely in love with the dialect works of James Whitcomb Riley ("The Bear Story") and Paul Laurence Dunbar ("Little Brown Baby"). Since then, I've discovered that many languages have masters of the same approach -- Abu Nuas in Arabic comes to mind. The fact is, you can say the most profound things and make the most on-target observations in the spoken language that gets us from rising up to lying down every day. And so can James Earl Hardy. I can't wait to read the third in this series.
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By A Customer on July 16 1997
Format: Paperback
My friend gave me this book to read and said, "You will love it and hate it at the same time." And he was right. I LOVE this book because it is about me. I am just like this Brutha in the story, Raheim: boy from da hood, grew up with a single mother, has a son (mine is three). We both chocolate drops, six feet, but I'm more muscular, maxin out at 240 pounds. The writer, Hardy, really gives you the low down on Bruthaz on the down low like me, who don't be livin life as punks but kick it with other Bruthaz. It's like Hardy been followin me around all my life -- he got the story, the events, the people, the language we use down. I was laughin a lot and I even was tearin up a little.But I hate this book cuz its makin me face some things about myself I don't wanna face and deal with how I'm feelin for my friend. He and I been tight for like eight months and I guess I love him. But I ain't never been in this spot before, so it's kinda hard to handle, to tuff out. But I guess I gotta thank Hardy for makin me come to this pointsee what I gotta do. I ain't never thought somebody would write a book about a Brutha like me but they did. I'm gonna pick up the first one now but ain't no way its gonna top this. If you wanna know how Bruthaz who ain't into that lifestyle really live, this is the book to read
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By A Customer on June 14 1998
Format: Paperback
I am SO glad that hardy decided to take a different track with this book. While I, like many other, enjoyed B-Boy Blues, I thought it was too Terry McMillanish and only hinted at the talent he has. Well, I was right. Instead of giving us more gossipy narrative and lots of sex (hey, I don't mind reading about it but it shouldn't consume the story), he really digs down deep into the psyche of his characters and delivers a tale that, unlike most novels written by Black men, straight or gay, really shows us as human beings trying to name ourselves. I saw myself and the Black and Puerto Rican boyz I know in this book more than I did the first. This sequel isn't sophomoric, nor does it lack tension, as a couple of folks below claim (I suggest they reread the novel with both their eyes and mind opened); it's an original, engaging, insightful, passion-filled story. Hardy proves that sequel doesn't have to mean repeating yourself.
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