Pimp in the Pulpit is a short story filled with unique characters. Each has a different outlook on life and how they treat family and friends. What is acceptable to some is nothing more than the devils work to the others. The large family has met on several occasions for gatherings, parties and reunions, some went OK but most didn’t. Nobody was sure what went wrong to cause such chaos when the family gathered. There was speculation that when Minister Tierra Joy become involved in any family event planning it quickly turned into a hot ghetto mess.
Well it’s time for another gathering. Lillian McBride, affectionately know as Lucifer is turning 95. Lillian has four children, a son, Tony McBride. She also has three daughters Viola McBride, Minister Tierra Joy and Cleopatra Jones. Will this special occasion bring the family closer or drive them further apart? How will they finance the gathering? How much money that is raised will be stolen or used for other means? Will the huge clan from Texas show up? What about the food, will they have enough? Will the relatives go nuts eating like they are on death row and this is their last meal, consuming it all in fifteen minutes or less? How much of the buffet will they steal and take home? Who will drink too much and act up? Has Cleopatra and her family learned from their previous gatherings? Will they even attend the bash?
Cleopatra is married to Marcus Jones Senior. They have two kids Marcus Junior and Edward (Eddie) Jones. Eddie is a hardworking man and is perplexed about his family’s actions towards his family, immediate and distant kin. He has trouble understanding even his Dad’s outlook on the birthday party. He begins questioning family loyalties, their love for one another while at the same time remembering the advice his Mom and Aunt Gladys told him several years ago. Will this gathering, compounded with the events of the other ones finally open Eddie’s eyes?
Description came from the website of Thunder Horse Publishing: https://thunderhorsepublishing.blog/2017/08/24/book-review-pimp-in-the-pulpit-thomas-leslie-mcrae/
Publisher: Eber & Wein Publishing
Publication date: December 2nd 2016
Some other reviews of this book mention that it is a really good book that people could relate to because it’s about every day life. Sorry to say this review is not going to be another such review. If this book is indicative of everyday life then I would be very concerned about the people who were living like this. I’m aware that there are dysfunctional families out there but this snapshot of such a family is very different from my own family experience.
I found this book to be irreverent and quite crass and certainly not at all funny. I would hate to be a part of a family like this. My own family is not perfect (nor would I want it to be) but I would like to think that we can relate to each other better than is portrayed in this book. Not at all enjoyable for me.
Recommend for: Adults