From one of the most revolutionary writers of the twentieth
century comes the uncensored and gritty novel that inspired today’s street lit
and hip-hop culture.
After my ninth
birthday, I began to really understand the meaning of my name. I began to
understand just what my mother was doing for a living. There was nothing I
could do about it, but even had I been able to, I wouldn’t have changed it.
Whoreson Jones is the son of a beautiful black
prostitute and an unknown white john. As a child, he’s looked after by his
neighborhood’s imposing matriarch, Big Mama, while his mother works. At age twelve,
his street education begins when a man named Fast Black schools him in trickology.
By thirteen, Whoreson’s a cardsharp. By sixteen, his childhood abruptly ends,
and he is a full-fledged pimp, cold-blooded and ruthless, battling to
understand and live up to his mother’s words: “First be a man, then be a pimp.”
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