When the Smoke Clears

When the Smoke Clears

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Virginia is for lovers, but in the heartless and unforgiving streets of Virginiaa€™s a€˜7even Citiesa€™: where disillusioned hustlera€™s pitch narcotics on project blocks without a conscience, disgruntled stick up kids terrorize the streets with their ambitions attached to ski masks and twin pistols, and dispirited young females strip themselves of their self-worth and sell their most sacred possessions all for a piece of the a€œDevila€™s Piea€, love is an ideal often spoke about, but seldom seen. The 7even Cities, where the disenfranchised take to the streets to obtain the a€œAmerican Dreama€ of lavish homes, luxury automobiles, and tailored garments, while the aristocracy relentlessly aim to squander their hopes with oppressive laws and a multi-million dollar penal system. This is Virginia through the clairvoyant eyes of Marquis a€œCreama€ Cureton in his classic debut novel, a€œWhen the Smoke Clears: An Urban Novel.a€ Inspired by true events, a€˜Creama€™ narrates the story of Secoya a€œSmokea€ Harris, a promising college basketball player with ambitions as vast as the oceans are blue, who tip-toed the fine line between success and the streets. Originally from the gang infested streets of Compton, California, Smoke cant resist the lure of the underworld of the 7even Cities, and in one costly decision finds himself incarcerated in Virginiaa€™s Department of Corrections and marked for death by his big homie. His basketball career ruined and future bleak, Smoke apprehensively makes the decision to dive head first into the streets and get money the only way he sees possiblea€”trafficking marijuana. Beef inevitable, bodies dropping, and indictments looming, Smoke drowns himself in a cloud of haze from the finest bud California has to offer in order to escape the harsh reality that in the streets nothing last forever, and no one ever wins; there are only those that survive the game and live to tell about it behind penitentiary walls, and those that lose, taking their last breath in the streets. Which side will Smoke find himself? Only God knows, a€œWhen the Smoke Clears.a€Across town, Tyra stepped out the car dressed in a skintight jean mini-skirt, halter -top, and six-inch heels. ... The weight she gained during her incarceration had done her body better than milk. ... once she stared getting high again that her God blessed body would surely return to that of the average coke-fiend prostitute.

Title:When the Smoke Clears
Author:Marquis “Cream” Cureton
Publisher:AuthorHouse - 2012-08-15


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