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Matthew Goodman - Hold Love Strong
Jewish Community Center
Houston, TX
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Matthew Goodman - Hold Love Strong
Goodman delivers a commanding investigation of love, family and freedom set in a New York City housing project. Abraham Singelton, born in 1982 to a 13-year-old mother, comes of age in the Ever Park projects, watching The Cosby Show and dreaming about a future in Brooklyn as a Huxtable. The generous narrative features a cast of deftly drawn characters: Lyndon Gaines, a former boxer turned community activist who courts Abraham's grandmother with a cage full of lovebirds; Lindbergh, a damaged Vietnam vet, now turning trash into elaborate models of helicopters; and cousin Donnel, whose one constant is the pledge, made at Abraham's birth, to hold love
strong. A keen observer and deeply empathetic young man, Abraham grapples with the inescapable truths of his childhood yet understands the promise contained in education, love and personal expression. Though the narrative features its share of urban fiction tropes (crack-addicted mother, an uncle with NBA potential doomed by the allure of quick money, a series of senseless deaths), Goodman manages to pull together a vibrant canvas of project life, perfectly capturing the pain and magic of living despite narrow opportunities. (Matthew Aaron Goodman graduated from Brandeis University. His debut novel, Hold Love Strong, was chosen by Barnes and Noble as a Discover Great New Writers book and by USA Today New Voices Pick. He was selected by HEEB Magazine as 100 young Jewish people to take note of. His writing has appeared in The Jewish Week and is forthcoming in Tikkun.)



Jewish Community Center
5601 S. Braeswood Blvd.
Houston, TX 77096
United States

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Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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