"Most of us, if we're lucky, we see a few seconds of the high life. And the rest are the residue years." Striking, moving autobiographical first novel by former Portlander Mitchell S. Jackson. Set in 1990s Portland during the crack epidemic, "The Residue Years" puts a black protagonist into one of the whitest, most liberal (and most clueless) cities in America. Jackson's venacular style and switch between perspecitves can be jarring, but this is a novel for this moment: alive, individual, and
authentic.

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