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by Daniel Black


A powerful, edgy novel from celebrated author Daniel Black

Nothing can convince Lazarus Love III to return to the lifestyle of affluence and social status he once knew. Longing for a freedom of the soul that the world of capitalism cannot provide, Lazarus leaves all that he knows—including his wife and children—to achieve the ultimate level of peace and silence living as a homeless man. When his quest causes him to cross paths with four other wanderers, all of whom later call themselves “the family,” a shocking, brutal act leaves Lazarus in a dire position and his newfound family must struggle to save him. By doing so, both families—past and present—are redeemed and consequently learn the beauty of sacrificial love.

Daniel Black was raised in Blackwell, Arkansas and now teaches at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned the Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University then returned to Clark Atlanta as a professor with hopes of inspiring young black minds to believe in themselves. His heart’s desire is to write literature which celebrates the African American presence in America and teaches the world how to be more human. He is the author of Twelve Gates to the City, Perfect Peace, They Tell Me of a Home and The Sacred Place.

Praise for Listen to the Lambs:

“Readers who look for uplift and inspiration in their fiction will find both here.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With Listen to the Lambs, Daniel Black once again shows himself to be a writer of great imagination and boundless empathy. Black is a treasure—a beautiful writer who loves his characters and his people.” —Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow

“Told in a voice full of the warmth and wisdom of a fireside tale, Daniel Black’s novel Listen to the Lambs dramatizes the trials and tribulations of a group of homeless outcasts who push beyond their failings to form a family. Black’s formidable achievement is such that his characters assume flesh on every page, their story serving as a powerful testament to the possibility of grace and redemption in our fallen world.” —Jeffery Renard Allen, author of the novels Song of the Shank and Rails Under My Back

“In Listen to the Lambs, Daniel Black creates a family out of people who are ostracized by society. It is a dark, funny, beautifully written, and heartfelt story about the homeless that is a must read.” —Sanderia Faye, author of Mourner’s Bench

“Daniel Black is one of those writers for whom human lives seem to blossom fully formed onto the page. In Listen to the Lambs, he presents a deep and compassionate investigation of fatherhood and families, both those that nature establishes for us by blood and those we establish for ourselves by love. More than that, he asks what homelessness is like for the five vibrantly original members of his central cast, offering a story not only about the specific circumstances that led them to the streets but, as one of them puts it, about the American imagination and whether they can live there.” —Kevin Brockmeier, author of A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip and The Brief History of the Dead