Hold Love Strong (Hardcover)
Touchstone, 9781416562030, 368pp.
Publication Date: April 14, 2009
In this poignant tale of self-discovery, a young man struggles to survive the New York City housing projects in the face of familial, communal, and personal devastation.
Born to a thirteen-year-old in the bathroom of his family's small apartment, Abraham Sing leton enters a world laden with the obstacles inherent in an impoverished community. In spite of the crack epidemic and the HIV crisis that ravage their neighborhood, the Singleton family -- cousins, an uncle, an aunt, Abraham, and his mother -- is held together by Abraham's heroic grandmother, whose deep faith and stoic nature have always given them a sense of wholeness and hope. But when the family goes through several harrowing losses, not even his grandmother may be strong enough to lead them through.
At the center of this story is Abraham, the youngest of the Singletons. Deeply intuitive and cerebral, he is determined to thrive in a place that has destroyed the dreams of those around him. College means opportunity, yet it also means leaving behind those he loves. Abraham's journey into adulthood will break his heart but ultimately offer the possibility of redemption.
In this haunting, lyrical, and evocative novel, Matthew Goodman composes a paean to the power of family and belonging in the African-American community. Hold Love Strong is a spellbinding coming-of-age tale about love, hope, and the will to survive, and a stunning universal story about the incredible capacity of the human spirit.
Praise For Hold Love Strong…
"A powerful and poignant story of the gallant Abraham who struggles on the night side of American society yet exudes a light of genuine hope." -- Dr. Cornel West
"The urgency of reading Matthew Aaron Goodman's work is that he complicates what is too often made unrealistically simple: our understanding of ourselves and our neighbors. That he does so with such profound beauty only makes the experience of Hold Love Strong ever more incredible. Everyone should pick up this book." -- asha bandele, author of Something Like Beautiful
"Matthew Aaron Goodman writes with tremendous heart and gorgeous lyricism....This story feels like a directive to its readers: Hold fast and true to the love you may know in this life. It takes an extraordinary writer to evoke such powerful emotion in a reader, and Matthew Aaron Goodman does it here with wisdom and grace." -- Thisbe Nissen, author of The Good People of New York
"At once intimate and epic, Hold Love Strong shines light on a world too often distorted or ignored. Goodman plumbs us into a narrative of devastating pain and searing tenderness, and he does so fiercely, with prose as bright and sharp as a blade." -- Carolina De Robertis, author of Invisible Mountain>
"What a poignant book. The younger generation offers a wonderful writer!" -- Nikki Giovanni, Poet