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Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta (original 2022; udgave 2022)

af James Hannaham (Forfatter)

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After more than twenty years in prison, a trans woman newly released on parole spends a whirlwind Fourth of July weekend in Brooklyn trying to reconcile with the son she left behind and to reunite with a family reluctant to accept her true identity. Carlotta Mercedes has been misunderstood her entire life. When she was pulled into a robbery gone wrong, she still went by the name she'd grown up with in Fort Greene, Brooklyn - before it gentrified. But not long after her conviction, she took the name Carlotta and began to live as a woman, an embrace of selfhood that prison authorities rejected, keeping Carlotta trapped in an all-male cell block, abused by both inmates and guards, and often placed in solitary. But in her fifth appearance before the parole board, Carlotta is at last granted conditional freedom and given a bus ticket back to a New York City that has changed as much in the intervening decades as she herself has changed to those who knew her before she was sent away. Can she reconcile with the son she left behind and reunite with a family reluctant to accept her as Carlotta, all while complying with near-impossible parole restrictions and doing everything in her power to stay out of jail? Written with the same mischievous verve and astonishing freshness in Delicious Foods, which dazzled critics and listeners alike, Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta sweeps the listener through seemingly every street of Brooklyn in a whirlwind Fourth of July weekend. The novel sings with brio and ambition, offering a fantastically entertaining story and a cast of unforgettable characters even as it challenges us to confront the glaring injustices of a prison system that continues to punish people even after they've been freed.… (mere)
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Titel:Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta
Forfattere:James Hannaham (Forfatter)
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2022), 321 pages
Samlinger:2023, Audiobooks, Læst, men ikke ejet
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta af James Hannaham (2022)

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Lost interest in reading this book because the main character is a prisoner; the language is too much black slang, I guess the way (certain) prisoners talk; because I couldn’t figure out the plot. ( )
  krozenstraten | Jan 29, 2023 |
2022. Carlotta Mercedes did more than 20 years in Ithaca on some bullshit robbery she didn’t even have anything to do with. In men’s prison, months in solitary, getting raped by guards. Then she gets out on parole for a couple days, during which most of the action takes place. A wonderful meditation on what freedom feels like. Carlotta is a three dimensional character with trauma, anger, humor and joy. In short a person, a human being, a black trans woman. It shouldn’t seem so remarkable, but in fiction at least, it is rare, if not impossible to find. ( )
  kylekatz | Jan 10, 2023 |
One of my favorite books of the last several years. Not coincidentally, the funniest book I've read since Delicious Foods.

In retrospect, the structure is brilliant, letting what was the ostensible Sword of Damocles fall, only to have Carlotta come out the other side far happier. But the fact that that is never telegraphed, and what feels like one sort of (horror) story then turns into a completely different, much more powerful and empowered one, inspires awe in me. I am both glad I'm alive to read James Hannaham's books, and jealous that his mind works in such a smart way. ( )
  danieljensen | Oct 14, 2022 |
In this literary work of urban fiction, Carlotta Mercedes, a convict who changed her gender presentation while serving a 22-year prison sentence, earns parole and returns to her family in Brooklyn. Her darkly comic adventures involve an expensive shoe, a driving lesson, and a fateful “partywake” for a dead man she never knew. More importantly, the narrative highlights the barriers that make it difficult for parolees to reenter society, including rigid rules and a lack of legitimate employment opportunities. Carlotta’s issues are compounded by her PTSD and her son’s refusal to accept her female identity.

Author James Hannaham’s technique of switching diction (from a neutral, omniscient narrator to Carlotta’s own street-and-prison slang) in
mid-sentence is effective but requires careful reading. Still, this is a rewarding work for readers who are willing to stick with it. ( )
  akblanchard | Oct 13, 2022 |
I received an advance copy of this book. Thank you

I really enjoyed this book and came to really, really care about Carlotta. James Hannaham's style of writing really captures Carlotta, and there wasn't a page, where I couldn't picture Carlotta and her situation down to her mismatched shoes.
Carlotta, was at the wrong place and got caught up in a robbery gone bad. She's sent away to a prison in Ithaca for 22 years. She entered as a he, and left as a she, realizing this was who she was all along. 5 times she goes before the parole board, before finally, almost at the end of her sentence she's released. A lot has happened in 22 years, which leaves her vulnerable. She longs to see her son, whom she's written to weekly, she longs to go home and connect with all those she's left behind, she longs to finally get some nice-looking outfits, find a job and start life again. What she comes home to is very, very different. Everything has changed, people all stare into their phones, her neighborhood has become gentrified, her mother has dementia and just sits, her home is party central, her son never received her letters and isn't ok with his dad being a woman. Her home situation breaks every condition of her parole. Yet despite all of this, she still has a lot of hope and vision about how life is finally going to be for her.
She has so much going on in her mind that her thoughts burst out in long run-on sentences. She's always thinking.
After seeing her brother, who is obese, never leaves his room, and plays video games, she says:
Maybe that's what freedom is, the freedom to waste your f*****g freedom, to not even notice you got it till you wind up behind bars getting your a** beat up and raped by a rapist who crying rape. Hell, I wonder how free anybody who out here pissing away they freedom anyhow? Gotta work ten jobs and still can't afford no rent,...your family up in ya face tryna tell you how to live your life, Be a woman! Be a man!...I'ma have to be that person myself, an I ain't ezzackly down for that, but anything aboveground beat the SHU" (solitary confinement)
Carlotta doesn't give up. This isn't really an upbeat book, but it is because of Carlotta's spirit. ( )
  cjyap1 | Aug 9, 2022 |
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After more than twenty years in prison, a trans woman newly released on parole spends a whirlwind Fourth of July weekend in Brooklyn trying to reconcile with the son she left behind and to reunite with a family reluctant to accept her true identity. Carlotta Mercedes has been misunderstood her entire life. When she was pulled into a robbery gone wrong, she still went by the name she'd grown up with in Fort Greene, Brooklyn - before it gentrified. But not long after her conviction, she took the name Carlotta and began to live as a woman, an embrace of selfhood that prison authorities rejected, keeping Carlotta trapped in an all-male cell block, abused by both inmates and guards, and often placed in solitary. But in her fifth appearance before the parole board, Carlotta is at last granted conditional freedom and given a bus ticket back to a New York City that has changed as much in the intervening decades as she herself has changed to those who knew her before she was sent away. Can she reconcile with the son she left behind and reunite with a family reluctant to accept her as Carlotta, all while complying with near-impossible parole restrictions and doing everything in her power to stay out of jail? Written with the same mischievous verve and astonishing freshness in Delicious Foods, which dazzled critics and listeners alike, Didn't Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta sweeps the listener through seemingly every street of Brooklyn in a whirlwind Fourth of July weekend. The novel sings with brio and ambition, offering a fantastically entertaining story and a cast of unforgettable characters even as it challenges us to confront the glaring injustices of a prison system that continues to punish people even after they've been freed.

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