Understand This by Jervey Tervalon

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An unsentimental novel depicts true-to-life characters in a south central Los Angeles community who struggle for integrity and self-respect in an environment of gangs, guns, drugs, and death. A first novel. 50,000 first printing. Tour.
 

About Jervey Tervalon

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Jervey Tervalon is an award winning poet, screenwriter and dramatist. His debut novel Understand This, won the 1994 New Voices Award from the Quality Paperback Book Club. He has contributed to The Los Angeles Times, Details and other publications. He lives in California with his wife and child and teaches creative writing at California State University at Los Angeles.
 
Published February 1, 1994 by William Morrow & Co. 271 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Foremost among them is Francois, a promising athlete who drops out of high school just before graduation because he has a chance to ``get over'' selling drugs to white folks in Santa Barbara, and has learned nothing from seeing his homeboy Doug gunned down.

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Tervalon's graphic, vividly realized debut about two high school students in South Central Los Angeles was awarded QPB's New Voices Award for 1994. (July)

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Francois takes the death hard, but his girlfriend Margot takes a tougher view of Doug's demise: ``Crying over some stupid-assed woman beater, some wannabe high roller, some fool that never gave a fuck about anybody but himself.'' Margot is tough, smart and has a chance to go to college in Santa C...

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Tervalon's graphic, vividly realized debut about two high school students in South Central Los Angeles was awarded QPB's New Voices Award for 1994. (July)

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