The former raptivist turned best-selling author will release her newest book next month – and it is a sequel.
‘Midnight and the Meaning of Love’ (Atria, $26.95) is a follow-up to her 2008 New York Times best seller ‘Midnight, A Gangster Love Story’ and will go on sale April 12. On her Website, the former Public Enemy-associated rapper informed her readers that she was trying to get the book out last fall, but it was delayed after she completed it. “I hope you ALL know that I threw my heart into [it] … and I hope you’ll agree that it was worth the wait!”
The hefty novel is told from the point of the view of the African-born, devout Muslim, street-savvy protagonist from whom it is titled. It picks up where the last book left off: Midnight heads to Japan to get his 16-year-old Asian wife, Akemi, after her father took her back to their native land with no warning. He must travel across three countries and numerous cultures in his attempt to defeat his opponent.
Along his life-affirming sojourn, Midnight meets people who change him forever, even as he changes them. Encountering temptations and taking risks is par for course in his quest to get the woman he loves back.
Of the beloved character, Souljah said: “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be something to speak in a male voice?’ And wouldn’t it be something else to speak in an Islamic voice? Once I realized I had to go deep into my imagination and that the manhood had to stay in the tone and that I couldn’t slip into a Souljah or feminine voice, I got excited about it. As I writer you have to be excited about what you’re writing about. If you’re not excited, you can’t excite the reader.”
Aside from pioneering the street-lit movement with her 1999 debut novel ‘The Coldest Winter Ever,’ Souljah (nee Lisa Williamson) is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth.