Honorable Mention: 2019 US Review of Books

State of the Nation, David Jackson Ambrose, The TMG Firm - Skillfully woven with multiple points of view and set against the backdrop of the Atlanta Child Murders of the late 70s, the book chronicles the lives of three poor, marginalized, young black men growing up in Atlanta. They are struggling to make ends meet and carve out a niche for their unique identities in the only world they know. Truly immersive and deftly researched, one can’t grasp the magnitude of this world until they’ve come out the other side. Violence, innocence, race, poverty, brotherhood, and the blurred lines of gender identity come together to create a time and place in history, which is both fantiastical, and at the same time, all too real.