Jamie Broadnax, founder of Black Girl Nerds was kind enough to let me review the first novel by author Daniel José Older (@djolder). Half-Resurrection Blues is a prequel to his short story collection, Salsa Nocturna and remixes the Cupid and Psyche myth through the lens of a half-dead hit man in modern day Brooklyn. Half-Resurrection Blues will be available for purchase today January 6 2015 from Penguin’s Roc imprint.
The novel begins by channeling the persona of the Haiti God of Death, Baron Samedi intertwined with the religious system of belief, Santeria. What is the meaning of life? What is your purpose? How powerful are you? What did you do in this world? These are questions I asked myself while reading.
Older’s use of a poem by Chicana feminist writer, thinker, poet and activist Gloria Azaldua in this work is so beautifully and passionately conveyed. The protagonist Carlos’ path is summarized in the heart of the poem well; “When life falls apart, it is only because a plan for greatness is coming together.”
An insightful read if you are looking for self-help and/or spiritual motivation. It has twists and turns that keep you guessing and cool superpowers you wished you possessed.
To me the message of the book is we are all the creators of our own domain. Life is far from fair, but we can use the hurt of our past to help others or hurt them. The choice is yours, just know you reap what you sow.
Half-Resurrection Blues has an open ending and I am assuming there will be a sequel.
Checkout a snippet from Audible HERE
To learn more about Daniel’s fictional works check out more below!
Music, Fiction and Ambulance tales: http://ghoststar.net/
His debut short story collection, Salsa Nocturna: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0615624456/
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History: longhidden.com
Special thanks to author for tweeting along with me as I read his book!
Christina Angela Jeter is an avid reader, lover of NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) & Halloween Horror Fanatic. You can follow her on Twitter: @cjeter