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Satisfied with Nothin'

A Novel

About The Book

This is the story of Jamie Ray Griffin, a young black man who, by virtue of his talent on the football field, finds himself suddenly thrust into a white world full of privilege, temptation, and never-before-imagined possibility. Encouraged by the facade of acceptance from the white community, Jamie strives to succeed, but finds himself thwarted at every turn -- by whites and blacks alike.

Satisfied with Nothin' chronicles Jamie's development from a naive, unsophisticated teen to a hard-driving, cynical adult determined to succeed despite the opposition of whites, the complacency of blacks, and his own tragic fate. In doing so, it provides a powerful and important portrait of the black experience in post-segregation America.

About The Author

Ernest Hill was born in Oak Grove, Louisiana. He holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, Cornell University, and UCLA. He is the author of five novels, including A Life for a Life, Cry Me a River, It's All About the Moon When the Sun Ain't Shining, and A Person of Interest.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (August 12, 2008)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416556985

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Raves and Reviews

"Hill has created a long-awaited incarnation of Richard Wright's Bigger Thomas...Satisfied with Nothin' is a deeply felt work." -- Joan Mellen, The Baltimore Sun

"Hill's soul-searing debut novel...illuminates everyday life in black America between the early 1970s and '80s while transcending color to tell a universal story." -- Alan Doyle, Contra Costa Times

"Hill is a skilled storyteller." -- Fran Handman, The New York Times Book Review

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