Trouble the Saints / Alaya Dawn Johnson.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Set against the darkly glamorous backdrop of New York City, a young woman from Harlem is drawn into the glittering underworld of Manhattan, where she's hired to use her knives to strike fear among its most dangerous denizens. Ten years later, Phyllis LeBlanc has given up everything - not just her own past, and Dev, the man she loved, but even her own dreams. Still, the ghosts from her past are always by her side - and history has appeared on her doorstep to threaten the people she keeps in her heart. And so Phyllis will have to make a harrowing choice, before it's too late - is there ever enough blood in the world to wash clean generations of injustice?"--Publisher.
    • Notes:
      "A Tom Doherty Associates Book"--Title page.
    • ISBN:
      9781250175342
      1250175348
    • Accession Number:
      on1153035510
      1153035510
    • Accession Number:
      fay.717026

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2020 May #1

Set against the backdrop of Jazz Age New York on the threshold of WWII, this is a relentless tale of love and the consequences of trying to fight destiny. Phyllis LeBlanc, née Green, hasn't done a job for mob boss Russian Vic in seven months, and now he's sent one right to her doorstep. Phyllis has uncanny hands and has killed for him before, always under the pretense of justice. The threads of her relationships—the working one with Vic, a dormant romance, friendships—unravel and reform as she learns the truth and tries to extricate herself from a bad situation. She isn't the only one with the powerful hands, though. The problem is that Phyllis herself may be done with killing, but the hands aren't. Johnson (Love is the Drug, 2014) skillfully hammers home how little uncanny power does in the face of systemic oppression when a white person can get away with anything as long as the victim isn't white. That's not to say this is an entirely grim novel; there includes hope, fierce passion, and a powerful romance. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 February #2

This sumptuous fantasy from Johnson (Love is the Drug) splits focus between three uncannily gifted characters as they struggle against their fates and the pervasive racism of America on the cusp of WWII. Phyllis LeBlank is mixed-race but passes for white to mingle with New York City's mobsters, using her supernatural knife throwing skills to kill people her boss assures her are worthy of death. But when Phyllis reunites with her ex-boyfriend, half-Indian police informant Dev Patil, she questions her line of work. Dev, who can foretell threats against anyone he touches, and Phyllis flee the mob to Dev's childhood home upstate. There, the couple become enmeshed in the disagreement between a white family and an erratic young black man with powers of his own. As racial tensions explode into violence, Phyllis discovers she's pregnant and Dev gets drafted into war. Phyllis's best friend, clairvoyant Tamara, helps Phyllis through her difficult pregnancy with a fetus capable of sending visions of the future. But Tamara's own visions lead her to a challenging choice. With a sweeping but overstuffed plot, dynamic characters, and style to spare, this alternate history demands the reader's full attention. Fans of challenging, diverse fantasy will enjoy this literary firecracker. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary. (June)

Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

PW Reviews 2020 February #2

This sumptuous fantasy from Johnson (Love is the Drug) splits focus between three uncannily gifted characters as they struggle against their fates and the pervasive racism of America on the cusp of WWII. Phyllis LeBlank is mixed-race but passes for white to mingle with New York City's mobsters, using her supernatural knife throwing skills to kill people her boss assures her are worthy of death. But when Phyllis reunites with her ex-boyfriend, half-Indian police informant Dev Patil, she questions her line of work. Dev, who can foretell threats against anyone he touches, and Phyllis flee the mob to Dev's childhood home upstate. There, the couple become enmeshed in the disagreement between a white family and an erratic young black man with powers of his own. As racial tensions explode into violence, Phyllis discovers she's pregnant and Dev gets drafted into war. Phyllis's best friend, clairvoyant Tamara, helps Phyllis through her difficult pregnancy with a fetus capable of sending visions of the future. But Tamara's own visions lead her to a challenging choice. With a sweeping but overstuffed plot, dynamic characters, and style to spare, this alternate history demands the reader's full attention. Fans of challenging, diverse fantasy will enjoy this literary firecracker. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary. (June)

Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.