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Chain-gang all-stars : a novel / Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.


"Loretta Thurwar and Hamara "Hurricane Staxxx" Stacker are the stars of Chain-Gang All-Stars, the cornerstone of CAPE, or Criminal Action Penal Entertainment, a highly-popular, highly-controversial, profit-raising program in America's increasingly dominant private prison industry. It's the return of the gladiators and prisoners are competing for the ultimate prize: their freedom. In CAPE, prisoners travel as Links in Chain-Gangs, competing in death-matches for packed arenas with righteous protestors at the gates. Thurwar and Staxxx, both teammates and lovers, are the fan favorites. And if all goes well, Thurwar will be free in just a few matches, a fact she carries as heavily as her lethal hammer. As she prepares to leave her fellow Links, she considers how she might help preserve their humanity, in defiance of these so-called games, but CAPE's corporate owners will stop at nothing to protect their status quo and the obstacles they lay in Thurwar's path have devastating consequences. Moving from the Links in the field to the protestors to the CAPE employees and beyond, Chain-Gang All-Stars is a kaleidoscopic, excoriating look at the American prison system's unholy alliance of systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and mass incarceration, and a clear-eyed reckoning with what freedom in this country really means from a "new and necessary American voice" (Tommy Orange, New York Times Book Review)" -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593317334
  • ISBN: 0593317335
  • Physical Description: xi, 363 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2023.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Read with Jenna"--Dust jacket.
Formatted Contents Note:
The freeing of Melancholia Bishop -- pt. 1. -- Hurricane Staxxx -- B3 -- Teacup -- The bandwagon -- Electric -- Hendrix "Scorpion Singer" Young -- The van -- Personhood Link -- Circuit -- Sports Central -- Salt bath -- Simon -- The new -- Food -- Door four -- Stable -- pt. 2. -- Simon Craft -- Children of incarcerated people -- Vega -- The board -- Melee -- To be influenced -- The art of influence -- Sing-Attica-Sing -- Vacation -- Grounded -- Simon J. Craft -- Sung -- Babe? -- The ride -- McCleskey -- Hamara -- Presser -- We the enslaved -- Interview -- Kai -- Balloon archway -- The farmers market -- Deane's creams -- This -- pt. 3. -- Sunset harkless -- Tear gas -- The legend of one-arm Scorpion Singer Hendrix and the unkillable jungle craft -- Bad water -- The regional -- Preparation -- The drive -- The morning of -- Shareef -- The feeling -- Yes -- Through the door -- Season 33 -- Suck my dick, America -- BlackOut -- Game -- Colossal -- Freeing day -- Loretta Thurwar.
Subject: Women prisoners > Fiction.
Women gladiators > Fiction.
Lesbians > Fiction.
Private prisons > Fiction.
African American authors > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.

Available copies

  • 15 of 19 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff Municipal Library District. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Poplar Bluff - Main Library.


  • 0 current holds with 19 total copies.
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