Length: 35 pages (Book 1), 42 pages (Book 2)
Publisher: Eber & Wein
Date of Publication: 2nd December 2016 (Book 1), 2017 (Book 2)
Rating: 3/5 stars
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the books in exchange for an honest review
I am always on the look out for books that are unusual. When the author asked me if I was willing to review the book, I was intrigued by the blurb and decided to give it a read. The author warned me of the harsh language in the book and I was glad that he did.
Pimp in the Pulpit is a short story filled with unique characters. Each has a different outlook on life and how they treat family and friends. What is acceptable to some is nothing more than the devils work to the others. The large family has met on several occasions for gatherings, parties and reunions, some went OK but most didn’t. Nobody was sure what went wrong to cause such chaos when the family gathered. There was speculation that when Minister Tierra Joy become involved in any family event planning it quickly turned into a hot ghetto mess.
Well it’s time for another gathering. Lillian McBride, affectionately know as Lucifer is turning 95. Lillian has four children, a son, Tony McBride. She also has three daughters Viola McBride, Minister Tierra Joy and Cleopatra Jones. Will this special occasion bring the family closer or drive them further apart? How will they finance the gathering? How much money that is raised will be stolen or used for other means? Will the huge clan from Texas show up? What about the food, will they have enough? Will the relatives go nuts eating like they are on death row and this is their last meal, consuming it all in fifteen minutes or less? How much of the buffet will they steal and take home? Who will drink too much and act up? Has Cleopatra and her family learned from their previous gatherings? Will they even attend the bash?
Cleopatra is married to Marcus Jones Senior. They have two kids Marcus Junior and Edward (Eddie) Jones. Eddie is a hardworking man and is perplexed about his family’s actions towards his family, immediate and distant kin. He has trouble understanding even his Dad’s outlook on the birthday party. He begins questioning family loyalties, their love for one another while at the same time remembering the advice his Mom and Aunt Gladys told him several years ago. Will this gathering, compounded with the events of the other ones finally open Eddie’s eyes?
The book begins with a phone conversation between Eddie and his mother, Cleopatra that gives us clues to the state of dysfunction in the family. The author gives a detailed introduction to the various sisters, brothers, cousins and their extended family and friends throughout the book which got a bit tiring. We are then made privy to the various shenanigans of Lucifer a.k.a Lillian McBride who is the reining matriarch of the family. Lillian along with Minister Joy and her family look for ways to swindle the others for money and goods.
Through the entire length of the book, the author gives examples of various family gatherings and functions where the Joy family has invited itself over in order to sample free food. They never seem to bring anything but negativity to these events. They even plan and host events in the hopes of making some extra cash. The Jones family is their main target, owing to the forgiving nature of Marcus Senior. While Cleopatra is smart as tacks, she is helpless against the barrage of schemes that her sister and her family cook up.
While the various altercations were funny in the beginning of the book, I found them to be a tad repetitive in the second part. There was no lesson to be learnt, the nice guys were always suffering at the hands of the Joy family but never seemed to do anything about it. The foremost emotion that I felt was pity towards the Jones’ but I was also frustrated with the way that they let everyone walk all over them. I could connect with the character of Marcus Senior when he said that the family was just beginning to like him and he did not want to do anything to jeopardize it. This is something that all of us feel when we are a part of a new family. I liked the author’s style of writing, with each chapter describing a different incident or story. The fact that it was not chronological did not effect it in the least.
I was warned about the harsh language in the book before I received it. Once I began to read it, I realized that no amount of warning would have prepared me for the amount of profanity in the dialogues. I was surprised that families could talk to each other in such a way but if your family was anything like the Joy family, you would be reduced to such language too.
His work include
- Personal Financial Planning: An Introduction (1997)
- Poetry 4 the Soul (2009)
- The Soul of a Poet (2010)
- Pimp in the Pulpit (2016)
- Pimp in the Pulpit Volume II (2017)
TL;DR: A quick and humorous read that will make you feel grateful for the family that you have.
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