Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A consideration of Fredrick Smith's The Right Side of the Wrong Bed


"You got me playing myself, and baby, I don’t care!”

Brothas Well Read April Book Selection- The Right Side of the Wrong Bed by Fredrick Smith
Meeting Date- April 20, 2008!
For More Information consult: http://www.brothaswellread.com/index1.htm

The ideal black love affair is personified through Kenny Kane. Like many protagonists of black queer literature, Kenny is successful, intelligent, and attractive. The novel begins with the backstory of Kenny and his relationship with Devon, a firefighter. Devon cheats on Kenny with a female and has a child. He leaves Kenny after seven years of commitment and Kenny is faced with the possibility that his best years have passed him by and what remains are years of shiftless loneliness.

And that’s when he meets the ideal in Jeremy Lopez. Jeremy is tall, latino, and packing a “magnum” (as it is referred in the novel).

Jeremy sexes Kenny down (and I must say the scenes are hot and tastefully written) and of course he falls head over heels (literally). Family and friends alike warn Kenny of the possible dangers involved in dating Jeremy, but his heart won’t let him leave.
What results is a story of love, lust, disappointment, forgiveness, and realization.

The Right Side of the Wrong Bed is a very entertaining, well-written read and I recommend it. While the ending proved problematic, the overall text was successful in conveying the reality of settling for what looks like the best life will offer.

11 comments:

Chet said...

I have the book among my Spring Read Collection, I have yet to make time to read the book, I will try and read it during my lunch breaks in the next few days.I am pleased to hear the book is a good read.

Darius T. Williams said...

I'll have to add the book to my collection. Good thing it's a good read though!

fuzzy said...

Well let me say this... I have almost 8 books that I am behind on reading for school. I think I will actually go buy this book and read it on my trip to Baltimore in my spare time!

Mr. Jones said...

Looks like a great read. Thanks for the heads up!

life said...

I've read two opposing views of this book. If I remember correctly hisstory didn't like it.

Gary T. P. said...

I've recently read this book...It was ok...very different from the tone of Down For Whatever...I think alot of people won't like it because it shows a reflection of many guys in our community. I'll leave it at that. Maybe I should go to this meeting....

E. Terrell said...

Let me first say that I have not read the book, as I tend to shy away from these types of reads, as I usually find them to be trite and cliche. I did a quick skim and decided against it. I am reading Gentleman Jigger, by Bruce Nugent right now. It has proven to be funny and historical and sheds light on the fact that none of our issues are new - this is my recommendation.

Corey Keith said...

Gary, you have to come to our meeting! It will be great to hear your insight! Please do come. And Life, His Story did not like it, but he and I rarely see eye to eye on many issues (maybe its a fire/water aries/scorpio thing?)
And e., I read Gentlemen Jigger with my book club. It was our February read (in conjunction with black history month) and I must say it was underwhelming. I am sorry to hear that you “shy” away from books like Right Side. I am an avid reader, and sometimes a book snob, but I am always pleased to come across something that is enlightening and entertaining, as Smith’s newest novel proved to be. I actually have two degrees in English, teach it to high school-ers and college students, and still find joy in an entertaining yawn every now and again. One book I urge you to check out is this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner by Junot Diaz. I just started it and I am AMAZED!!!! This novel will be huge.

C. Baptiste-Williams said...

interesting my book club read this back in February similiar and different takes on it i see.

SpecialK261 said...

damn..i wish i really had the time to read..lol..book sounds really good though...

Michael said...

I read this book and I was not a fan of Jeremy or the way the book ended. But it did prove my theory that a big cock on someone who knows how to use it can change things!