The Ballad of Black Tom

This is a short story about Charles Thomas Tester and what he does to earn some money. He lives with his father in Brooklyn and he deals with the everyday racism of being a black man and the danger of dealing in things mysterious and occult. One day Tom meets a man who offers him the opportunity of a lifetime and risking everything he knows and believes in, he joins this man on his mission and his entire world is changed.

THIS BOOK WAS SO CREEPY AND GOOD. When I tell you that I had goosebumps while listening to this!! I decided to read it on a whim, it was short and I had some chores to do so I figured why not just finish a whole book while I did them. I was enthralled. The storytelling was so vivid and clear and I really got to experience Tom’s world with him. There are so many twists and turns and things just come out of nowhere that really knock you off your feet or make you just question everything. I love the magic in this story, it was really cool and mysterious. I also really loved the social commentary within this story. There is a lot of it. Racism, gentrification, police brutality, and poverty are all explored in some way or another.

I don’t want to say too much about this as it is so small, it’s only 149 pages according to Goodreads. Mostly what I want to convey to you is that if you are interested in anything I said above, then read this. You won’t be wasting your time and I think you will enjoy it immensely like I did. If you have already read this, give it a shout out in the comments! What did you like about it? What was your favorite part? I wanna know.

Published by keelinrita

A Chicago girl with a lot of feelings about fictional people.

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