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  • ebook
  • 263 pages
  • Fear and What Follows
  • Tim Parrish
  • 03 June 2015
  • 9781617038679

10 thoughts on “Fear and What Follows

  1. Frannie Frannie says:

    Having known Tim Parrish in the 1990s in Tuscaloosa where we ran in the same large Chukker based mostly circle and I often found myself alcohol bonding with his brother Robert this book almost felt like spying like I'd found the private journal of an acuaintance and succumbed to an invasion of privacy But once I got past that I was absolutely hooked I loved what this story revealed about race class in the south in the 1970s and before; and after I was fascinated as if by a bad car wreck thinking about how this world Tim writes about wasn't so far away geographically from the world I came to inhabit during my high school years in rural Alabama 1979 1982 Was this rage lurking below the surface? There wasn't violence that I recall in my high school but how many people had friends of friends and cousins etc who had grown up in bigger cities and attended high school only a few years prior? Such fear Such hate I see now why Tim got his 15 and minutes of fame this past summer amidst Black Lives Matter protests around the country I see now how much the fear of change then is akin to the fear of change now how much resentment still lurks And above all how absolutely fucked Trump's Make America Great slogan is great as in back when there was Jim Crow? great as in back when the Klan was open? great as in back when it was perfectly acceptable to see black people as sub human? great as in back when we had slavery? etc etc This book is all of that And It's a window into the pain confusion of growing up For all of us but especially for those coming of age during a time when one's parents are bewildered by rapid change And not lost is the insight into one Vietnam Vet's PTSD and slide into alcoholism And above all of that is the insight into the love within a family even one in which members don't always see eye to eye Thank you Tim for sharing this beautiful story


  2. Dana Gynther Dana Gynther says:

    I imagine the author Tim Parrish hadn't told many people this story before he decided to write a memoir This is a highly introspective account of growing up in a working class neighborhood in Baton Rouge LA focusing on events from ages 13 to 17 How having been bullied by low life hoods capable of pulling knives in Jr Hi led him to befriend a local bad ass known for violence and racist views Throw in the complications of health issues both the author's and his mother's the hypocrisy of racism and war mongering at Church and the constant worry of what it is to be a Man The emotions behind this book are told with gut wrenching honesty; the direct writing style allows the reader to feel the author's adrenaline rushes his adolescent anguish The characters' actions are woven through the social fabric of 1970s Louisana integration Vietnam Nixon etc The context of his story was familiar to me I moved to the Deep South at age 10 but as the child of liberal academics and am roughly Parrish's age though the five or six years he has on me would make a difference in Civil Rights era context I do remember how easily some people threw around the n word and occasional moments of tension or misunderstanding I think perhaps the most foreign element of his tale and therefore the most fascinating to me was the desperation to prove one's manliness One of the greatest fears in the book far beyond being bullied or stalked was to be judged a sissy This book has made me wonder and talk at length with my husband about his own upbringing in 1970s Spain and with my teenage daughters about young people today about just how far we have evolved since then In terms of racism machismo the lot I think this book would be a valuable tool to use in a classroom though the teacher would have to be both wily and brave Highly recommended


  3. Kendall Kendall says:

    Fear and What Follows takes a chilling and at times difficult even challenging look at America of the 1970’s specifically the city of Baton Rouge and the school and neighborhood where Parrish grew up It was the time of the Vietnam War and Watergate Tim’s brother was a Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD before it even had a name It was a time of integration of schools and neighborhoods and of the white flight that resulted And it was time of racial violence and unrest in which young Tim is willfully engulfed The book is an attempt to understand the choices that were made and the forces that drove him to make those choices Yet it is not an apologia where we end up feeling sorry for and defending the main character Instead I think we are asked to put ourselves in his place but also in the places of the even tougher kids whose violence goes unchecked and the Black kids who are both victims and violent themselves We are asked to understand and confront the causes of violence and racism in ourselves I don’t think I have read a brutally honest account that is so beautifully written It has the credibility of lived truth yet the narrative is as engaging as any thriller


  4. Natalie Natalie says:

    Fear and What Follows is an honest and raw account of author Tim Parrish's teenage years battling racism and bullies in Louisiana I had Tim as a professor in college and found this memoir especially touching because I've seen how much he has changed from the narrator of this book; I can't imagine the strength it took to make that transformation Tim's writing is concise and compelling; the emotions are raw and very real The characters are well drawn I feel as though I could recognize them in real life The racism presented in this memoir is particularly relevant even now with the recent police shootings and accompanying race issues that still affect our society today


  5. Karen Karen says:

    I have known Tim most of my life growing up in the same neighborhood attending the same schools and sharing many of the same friends I recognize and know many of the people in the book I also had Miss Monget and Mr Shirley and their influence and guidance were very helpful to me in forming my own opinions and shaping me into the adult that I would become I remember the public events mentioned in this book but even though I had many classes with Tim and always thought of him as a smart and funny guy I was totally unaware of his internal struggles with fear and racismGrowing up in the 60s and early 70s in North Baton Rouge in a primarily blue collar white neighborhood racism just was It was what your parents your parent's friends your friendseveryone believed and openly expressed sometimes with anger or hate but often in a light matter of fact tone as if to say of course this is the way it is and the way it should be With desegregation all of this would change and many would find our beliefs our truths tested The first part of the book is not just Tim's story but is also his brother Robert's story sometimes funny often sad and honestly painful not to readbut to imagine A young man sent into the middle of an unpopular war filled with violence and horror and how it changes him and never uite lets him go It is also a story of bullying with Tim narrowly escaping a very serious run in with one of the hoods in the area I remember the area where this fight took place My friends and I never took that shortcut because of the bad kids who hung out at that store We always thought it well worth the extra time to avoid being teased and picked on It is also about religion and the teachings of his church and the disconnect with what he actually sawThe second part deals directly with the tension and racism that existed during his high school years and the inner struggles Tim had with faith fear anger and hatred and how they played out in his actions friendships and decisions during that time Well written and rich in dialog which transported me back to that time and made me feel like a fly on the wall eavesdropping in on and witnessing a friend's journey through a very difficult time Glad you made it through those tough times my friend Racism is not dead and this book might be the perfect opportunity to restart the discussion in an open and honest manner and see if we can't get even further down that road


  6. Corinne E. Blackmer Corinne E. Blackmer says:

    Tim Parrish is a colleague of mine at the English Department at Southern Connecticut State University and I have always admired his commitment to our students his writing and his establishment along with Robin Troy of our creative writing MFA programThis memoir takes place in the early 1970s for Parrish between the ages of 13 18 or the bridge between junior to high school At that time Louisiana was undergoing the agonies of racial integration in a culture that had been and was not only reflexively racist but also saturated in stereotypes of masculinity violence and homophobia although homo hatred would be accurate The narrator is pursued by two frightful bullies from it seems dysfunctional families and then decides in part for self protection to obtain the protection of another bully who he admires at first and who loves violence and hates black people in eual measure The narrator's adolescent self is in a perpetual fight to maintain his right to call himself a man and his most prevalent emotional experiences are the rage humiliation and fear because of this intimidation and the racist violence to which it leads This is a candid book written in a clear reportage style with much dialogue to illuminate the characters' minds if not their inner lives


  7. David Melbie David Melbie says:

    Every one of my contemporaries myself included should be able to write a memoir as good as this one I am jealous I wonder just how many of us have been able to shake off our learned prejudices over the years Even in my own childhood things unspoken seem to have a way of coming back to haunt me reminding me of a time long ago when fear ruled Wait That time is upon us again is it not?


  8. Dawn Dawn says:

    Tim Parrish's memoir is a moving account of growing up in a racist violent household and climate The writing is so honest it is raw and despite the difficult and often disturbing subject matter the book becomes impossible to put down Parrish's willingness to delve into the pain and fear of his past yields a most courageous and important work


  9. Ruth Olson Ruth Olson says:

    I was fascinated and compelled to keep reading up to a point Then it got to be and of the same as far as I was concerned I would like to go to an author talk I missed one and ask uestions


  10. Amanda Walker Amanda Walker says:

    ExcellentBook was interesting and how I felt like it was so long ago and still how some things in the book hadn't changed


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Fear and What Follows☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Fear and What Follows By Tim Parrish ❤ – Thomashillier.co.uk Fear and What Follows is a riveting unflinching account of the author's spiral into racist violence during the latter years of desegregation in 1960s and 1970s Baton Rouge About the memoir author and Fear and What Follows is a riveting unflinching account of the author's spiral into racist violence during the Fear and PDF/EPUB or latter years of desegregation in s and s Baton Rouge About the memoir author and editor Michael Griffith writes This might be a controversial book in the best way controversial because it speaks to real and intractable problems and speaks to them with rare bluntnessThe narrative of Parrish's descent into fear and irrational behavior begins with bigotry and apocalyptic thinking in his Southern Baptist church Living a life upon this volatile foundation of prejudice and apprehension Parrish feels destabilized by his brother going to Vietnam his own puberty and restlessness serious family illness and economic uncertainty Then a near fatal street fight and subseuent stalking by an older sociopath fracture what security is left leaving him terrified and seemingly helplessParrish comes to believe that he can only be safe by allying himself with brute force This brute influence is a vicious charismatic racist Under this bigot's terrible sway Parrish turns to violence in the street and at school He is even conflicted about whether he will help commit murder in order to avenge a friend At seventeen he must reckon with all of this as his parents and neighbors grow increasingly afraid that they are losing their neighborhood to African Americans.