In Knucklehead we meet Marcus Hayes, a black law student who struggles, sometimes unsuccessfully, with the impulse to confront everyday bad behavior with swift and antisocial action. The cause of this impulse is unknown to him.
When Marcus unexpectedly becomes involved with the brilliant and kind Amalia Stewart, her love and acceptance pacify his demons. But when his demons return, he is no longer inclined to contain them.
"Marcus is an intelligent, acerbic, and often hilarious narrator, bringing a fresh, biting perspective to the social and racial tensions of the time that, as debut novelist Smyer makes clear, are not particularly different from today." (Library Journal)
What members say
- Roger S.
Fascinating and pointless
Fascinating and well told story, about someone' whose life eventually just seems pointless. This book will make you think, but in the end will disappoint you. Not because it's a bad book, but because the protagonist is demonstrably a nucklehead. Frustratingly well told story.
Sorry, this was a downer...........very dark
I don't know what to say...........
If you are on the brink of jumping off a ledge, then don't get this book.