for Zero Fade by Chris L. Terry
"Zero Fade is wise and wise-assed, hilarious and subtle, knowing and searching. We need writers like Chris Terry, unafraid to plumb the complexities and absurdities of race and identity with grace and funk."—Adam Mansbach, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Rage is Back and Go the Fuck to Sleep
"Chris Terry has bestowed Kevin, the hero of Zero Fade, with an especially acute case of teenage angst, and the results are sweet, painful, and very recognizable to anyone who has survived seventh grade. This is a wonderful book."—Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife
"With sharp storytelling sagacity and attention to detail, Mr. Terry speaks to modern society's invisible men: the black, hip-hop kids of Generation X."—J-Zone, author of Root for the Villain: Rap, Bullshit, and a Celebration of Failure
Zero Fade chronicles eight days in the life of inner-city Richmond, Virginia, teen Kevin Phifer as he deals with wack haircuts, bullies, last year's fly gear, his uncle Paul coming out as gay, and being grounded.
Chris L. Terry lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he teaches writing and theater to juvenile inmates. He spent his teens and early twenties touring the world in a punk band. He has a fiction writing MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Zero Fade is his first novel. Excerpts have appeared in Chicago Reader, Curbside Splendor, Hair Trigger, and Trilling Magazine. His website is ChrisLTerry.com.