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Title:
Dopefiend
Author:
Goines, Donald, 1937-1974.
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : Holloway House Pub. Co., 2007.

©1999
Physical Description:
319 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
"An original Holloway House edition."

Originally published in 1971.

Includes excerpt from author's Never die alone: (p. [287]-319).
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780870679384
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

For 23 years of his young life, Goines lived in the dark, despair-ridden world of the junkie. It started while he was doing military service in Korea, and ended when he was murdered in a drugs deal at the age of 39.


Author Notes

Donald Goines was born in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Air Force instead of going into his family's dry cleaning business. Following his service, he entered into a life of drug addiction and crime. He received seven prison sentences, serving a total of over six years. While he was in prison, Goines wrote his first two novels, Dopefiend: The Story of a Black Junkie and Whoreson: The Story of a Ghetto Pimp. Goines was shot to death in 1974.


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Library Journal Review

Terry is a typical, attractive young woman in her twenties with a job and a boyfriend. However, her boyfriend, Teddy, is addicted to heroin and frequently drags Terry to Porky's drug house for a hit. Terry resists the drug as well as Porky's lustful glares, but she eventually goes down that slippery slope and morphs into the very thing she hates-a dopefiend. Verdict This classic title of 1970s street fiction has never been out of print owing to its gritty depiction of the realities of an addict's lifestyle. An excellent companion read to Swinson's The Candy Shop (see above).-Vanessa Irvin Morris, The iSchool at Drexel Univ., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.