Creatures Here Below by O. H. Bennett

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This powerful new novel by O. H. Bennett tells the story of a makeshift family struggling to stay together as life wears away at their bonds of blood and love. At the center of the family is Gail Neighbors, the hardworking single mother of two sons, Mason and Tyler. Mason, the older, grew up without knowing his father, a feckless gambler and womanizer. Tyler, the younger, sings in the church choir and enjoys a close relationship with his father, Dan, who left Gail a few years before still spends plenty of time at the house. To make ends meet, Gail has taken in two boarders: Annie, an elderly woman with a diminishing grip on reality, and Jackie, the 20-year-old single mother of baby Cole, who can't fully accept her overwhelming new responsibilities. Creatures Here Below renders with tremendous richness and care the realities of a black teenaged male whose life is taking a turn toward the worse.

About O. H. Bennett

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O.H. Bennett is the author of two previous novels, The Colored Garden and The Lie . He lives in northern Virginia.
Published November 8, 2011 by Agate Bolden. 285 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Mason runs away from home, intent on hunting down his father in Washington, D.C., and killing him out of revenge for his abuse and neglect, he hitches a ride with drug dealer Ken Gamble and a mysterious young woman named Gina, with whom Mason gets involved, angering Gina’s estranged disabl...

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Lillian in the first minutes of her life had rested there and Gail could feel the weight, the movement of her, hear her crying, informing the world that she was a living, breathing, integral part of it.

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