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Sometimes love is slings, arrows, and tears.
Cheeseburger is the 1987 PEN/Discovery Prize First Place winner in Fiction. It was selected by Joyce Carol Oates and appeared the following year in the Ontario Review edited by Raymond Smith. It is the poignant story of a young girl's unrequited love and longing.
A gang has invaded the small town of Hattiesburg Mississippi. Della a young teen girl fall in love with one of the boys. "Cheeseburger" ignores her. In her school girl charm and imagination, she waxes on about their love for each other. She loves him one minute and hates him the next. This love/hate comes to a full explosion when Cheeseburger and his gang are accused of raping and murdering her best friend Thelma.
Cheeseburger is more than a love story. It is also the tale of a small town's loss of innocence.
The week that I wasn’t in love with Cheeseburger I called him and them other boys dogs, and Mama seemed happy with me. We talked about what a shame it was them thugs from up north were comin’ down south, bringin’ that dope with ‘em, and breakin’ into people’s houses. Everybody on the block was gettin’ burglar bars and bad dogs. Hattiesburg was hirin’ more police. It was just a shame, me and Mama agreed.
Then I saw Cheeseburger’s navel and fell back in love with him. And Mama started fussin’ at me ‘cause I was a girl and not a boy. She said I was drawin’ them nigguhs to her fence like shit draws flies. My Mama said that to me. And no matter how much I looked like I was ignorin’ those boys (I really was ignorin’ ol’ Polo Mack), she fussed more. Even when they didn’t paint the moon and stars on her fence, she fussed.
About Charles Harvey
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Published January 16, 2014
by Wes Writers & Publishers.
Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, History, Literature & Fiction.