The Legend of Tanisha Biggers: Deluxe Edition

Book Cover: The Legend of Tanisha Biggers: Deluxe Edition

The Legend of Tanisha Biggers: Deluxe Edition is a 19,225+ word anthology. Plus, the volume also includes three Author's Notes with a combined total of 7,650+ words.

This anthology that brings two short stories and a novelette together to tell a larger, overarching narrative in three parts. Pinkney's quirky sense of humor and timing makes for an enchanting reading experience.

In one sense, the Deluxe Edition of The Legend of Tanisha Biggers tells the story of Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt Washington: past, present and future. In the short story Cardinal Rule, Teddy is in his physical prime, and he courts the sensually elusive Earline Jones. During a quick ice cream date, Teddy tries to draw in Earline with his raucous sense of humor. In the short story Swiggers, Teddy is old but still full of life. When he goes to his favorite hang out, the corner store known as "Pee Wee's," Teddy drinks liquor and crack jokes with his crew of old men. In the novelette The Legend of Tanisha Biggers, Teddy's death causes ripples in the small pond of his community. Tanisha didn't want Teddy teasing her while he was alive, and now she has to deal with rumors linking her to his untimely demise.

In another sense, the Deluxe Edition of The Legend of Tanisha Biggers paints a broader picture. It depicts a neighborhood that is disconnected from its rich history yet filled with people who have an undeniable flavor and spirit. Together, these stories uncover a remote community full of people who are beautiful and proud, harsh and unforgiving, misguided and confused, and in terms of Tanisha Biggers, powerful and focused.

Cardinal Rule: a short story (3,100+ words plus a 850+ word Author's Note)

What do you do when you've been there and done that - the good, the bad and the ugly? What do you do when you know who you love, but you don't know how to express it? While enjoying a quick rendezvous, Earline and Teddy are consumed by three things: expressing what makes their hearts beat, sitting in red hot heat and eating ice cold treats. It quickly becomes an intersection between affection and reflection.

Swiggers: a short story (3,250+ words plus a 1,900+ word Author's Note)

Life-after-retirement for Theodore Roosevelt Washington (aka Teddy) centers around hanging out with the other rowdy old men in front of Pee Wee's Market. Cracking jokes, drinking liquor and flirting with the young women may change for the crew now that the corner store is under new management.

The Legend of Tanisha Biggers: a novelette (12,875+ words plus a 4,900+ word Author's Note)

Two hundred of years ago, Black Haven was a sprawling town. Nowadays, Black Haven is an overpopulated, economically-depressed neighborhood. Against this backdrop, Tanisha Biggers is a twenty-something-nine-to-fiver aiming to move out of this small area.Since her parents passed away, Tanisha has been content with being a loner. Tanisha keeps her daily routine simple. She goes to work, comes home, saves her money and stays focused on moving out of Black Haven. Her only friend in Black Haven is the loud and boisterous Vida. Normally, they smoke while Vida catches Tanisha up on the neighborhood gossip.

If having her named embroiled in a nasty rumor wasn't enough, the gossip has caused her to become the target of the volitive women of the Lomax family. Between Tanisha's fighting spirit, Vida's ride-or-die loyalty and the Lomaxes aggressive behavior, an explosive confrontation is inevitable.

In Pinkney's creative interpretation, the neighborhood of Black Haven is more than a mere metaphor of urban decay. The rich histories of the proud people of eras gone by are mostly forgotten by their descendants. In the aftermath of destruction, a few shining souls, like Tanisha, strive to rise from the rubble.

The Legend of Tanisha Biggers: Deluxe Edition is a 19,225+ word anthology. Plus, the volume also includes three Author's Notes with a combined total of 7,650+ words.

Reviews:Christine on Amazon wrote:

Let me just say, I've read these three stories before, so I did wonder, "why a deluxe version?" But this made me feel like I was reading them all for the first time and gave me great insight as well as clarity to how they relate. I had so many "ah ha" moments as I was reading the author's notes about each story.

Joey Pinkney is a very clever writer. I love his unique writing style and the way things are not always what they seem. Be prepared to think outside the box when you read this author's work. He has a quirky and unique style, writes his own way, plus he's one intelligent man.

We all know or may be related to an Earline, Teddy, Lomax, Vida, Tanisha, etc. Those hot summer days, the corner stores or a group of old men hanging out on the stoop drinking some Mad Dog 20/20. Thanks for the memories.

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