The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson; 2013; $26.00; 346 pages; Bloomsbury, New York; Fiction; 978-1-62040-028-9; purchased from Multnomah County Library Title Wave Used Bookstore; 12/11/14-12/15/14

Two people, two stories that interlock.  The story of Champ a young African American man in Northeast Portland and his mother,Grace.  Champ is going to Portland State University, dealing, trying to take care of his family and start his own family.  His mother is trying to stay clean, take care of her sons, do it on her own and deal with her ex who is attempting to gain sole custody of their sons.  Each chapter is a monologue from either Champ or Grace about what they are going through.

Grade-A+ 

Did I enjoy it?  I was a little reluctant reading the first chapter but the story is so engaging and the characters are so well written that I was really drawn into the story.  The story is told in a vernacular that I was not familiar with but it was very easy to understand after a chapter or so.  This is a really engaging set in an area of the city that I am familiar with.  I will be strongly promoting this book next year when it is the Multnomah County Everybody Reads book.

What is with the title of the review?  Once I got into the story I was absolutely blown away by the story and totally engaged in the story.