Pivotal Paths is the story of a teenaged basketball phenomenon growing up in Compton during the gang and drug explosions of the late 1980’s. He comes from a single-parent home that, thanks to a limited income, is confined to poverty. Despite a commitment to ride his talents to a better life Quic chases instant gratification in the form of a fast buck and tries his hand at drug dealing. Though he excels in this area, Quic holds steadfast that the lifestyle that ushered his father, an early-generation Crip, into a premature grave is not for him. Quic rationalizes the contradiction that becomes his life with thoughts that drug dealing is temporary. Quic doesn’t gang bang, but everyone around him, including his best friend, Lil Jay, does. His loyalty to his friends keeps him in the line of fire. Quic’s relationship to the hood and its seductive allure places him at a crossroads that will determine whether he pursues his hoop dreams or sets them aside for the trap that is hood life.
Laurence Perry born and raised in Compton California is a self-taught writer who in the spirit of literary royalty such as Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and the Harlem Renaissance aims to articulate the often less-than flattering realities of America’s inner city communities in a non hyperbolic responsible manner that places emphasis on being true to the culture.
A former gang member who has served over two decades in California Correctional Institutions, Laurence benefiting from a rigorous conscious awareness raising self-education process complemented by the general education process and college units soon to culminate in a degree is uniquely equipped an impressively qualified to be the voice of his generation.