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Listen to the Lambs

Listen to the Lambs

A Novel

Daniel Black

St. Martin's Griffin


In Listen to the Lambs by 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.

Chapter 1

Beneath the intersection of I-20 and I-75, where stray trash tumbles about carelessly and dreams lie aborted, where Coke cans substitute for ashtrays and discarded, warped, pissy mattresses serve as sleeping quarters...

Praise for Listen to the Lambs

"A literary ballet of sweeping proportions...a pointed story of race, class and family." - Shelf Awareness

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 Lambsdramatizes 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

The Coming is powerful. And beautiful....This is a work to be proud of. —Charles Johnson, National Book Award Winner for Middle Passage


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Daniel Black

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.

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