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FatherHoodlum: Chronicles of a Prison Dad
By Michael B. Jackson
Michael B. Jackson’s first work of fiction is one of inspiration and hope amidst a backdrop of the harsh realities of the streets. Fatherhoodlum successfully draws the reader into Lamont Moody’s world from the very beginning and then holds the reader’s interest until the very end of the novel.
Set in Newark New Jersey teenager Lamont Moody has just crashed his dad’s car after a late night ride out with friends ...sneaking the keys and taking the car without permission. The storyline hones in on Lamont’s journey into addiction and crime to support his heroin habit. Jackson does a superb job of keeping the story moving and the reader interested in Lamont’s path.
“When I went to prison for the first time LJ (Lamont’s son) was only a few months old... When paroled he was two.”
Through a series of challenging events, Lamont’s focus becomes very clear that he has to dedicate his efforts toward saving his son from the grips of the streets and the very real pipeline to prison which funnels urban youth into the prison system, starting as early as the third grade.
Lamont finds that he is able to pull from lessons he learned from his father to help with raising LJ.
“I wasn’t afraid of my father, and I didn’t want my son to fear me.”
The possibilities of hope, success and positive transformation suggested by Fatherhoodlum are immense and important. This book can appeal to young adults as well as adults of any age. I would especially recommend this book for young people who have been incarcerated or in juvenile facilities because it provides an avenue of strategy and direction for obtaining a positive life track.
Jackson gives guidance to parents through this novel that encourages them to be present and proactive in their child’s life.
Through this quick moving story Jackson poignantly manages to convey the following:
(Book review by Cyntra D. Scott. Cyntra is a freelance writer who has been published through a variety of nationwide publications including Black Men Magazine and Today’s Black Woman.)
Michael B. Jackson was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He recently retired after working for 26 years with New Jersey Juvenile Corrections and Parole
Jackson is the author of 4 books. Three Self Help books entitled, How to Love and Inspire Your Man After Prison: A Guide for Women with Men in Prison; Como Cumplir Con Tus Obligaciones Al Salir De La Prision: Guia Practica Para Una Vida Mejor and, one-time NY Times Magazine’s "This Weeks Recommendation" How to Do Good After Prison: A Handbook for Successful Reentry.
His recently released novel, FatherHoodlum: Chronicles of a Prison Dad, is his first venture into fiction writing.
He is an inspirational speaker and the founder and host of the Internet based radio station, PrisonNationRadio.com.
Jackson is a passionate advocate for the rights, protections and success of formerly incarcerated people and their families and those without a voice. He lives by the philosophy that “Doing good is the best revenge” and encourages those leaving prison to take control of their own success and “Do good, with a vengeance”. READ MORE