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Midnight: A Gangster Love Story by Sister Souljah which was originally scheduled to be published October 14, 2008, is a novel by Sister Souljah that was published November 4, 2008, by Atria/Simon and Schuster. It is a prequel of The Coldest Winter Ever (1999), the novel that spawned the contemporary street literature movement. It follows a young Black Sudanese Muslim immigrant in Brooklyn with whom Winter Santiaga associated before she was sent to prison. In this article you will be able download Midnight: A Gangster Love story by Sister Souljah as well as do the following:

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In her bestselling novel, The Coldest Winter Ever, Sister Souljah introduced the world to Midnight, a brave but humble lieutenant to a prominent underworld businessman. Now, in a highly anticipated follow-up to her million-selling masterpiece, she brings readers into the life and dangerously close to the heart of this silent, fearless young man.

Raised in a wealthy, influential, Islamic African family, Midnight enjoys a life of comfort, confidence, and protection. Midnight’s father provides him with a veil of privilege and deep, devoted love, but he never hides the truth about the fierce challenges of the world outside of his estate. So when Midnight’s father’s empire is attacked, he sends Midnight with his mother to the United States.

In the streets of Brooklyn, a young Midnight uses his Islamic mind-set and African intelligence to protect the ones he loves, build a business, reclaim his wealth and status, and remain true to his beliefs. Midnight, a handsome and passionate young man, attracts many women. How he interacts and deals with them is a unique adventure. This is a highly sensual and tremendous love story about what a man is willing to risk and give to the women he loves most. Midnight will remain in your mind and beat in your heart for a lifetime.

Her “raw and true voice” (Publishers Weekly) will both soothe and arouse you. In a beautifully written and masterfully woven story, Sister Souljah has given us Midnight, and solidified her presence as the mother of all contemporary urban literature.

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Midnight: A gangster love story by Sister Souljah
Sister Souljah

Sister Souljah (born Lisa Williamson) was born in 1964 in New York City. She attended Cornell University’s advanced placement summer program and Spain’s University of Salamanca study-abroad program. She later majored in American history and African studies at Rutgers University. Her travels and lectures have taken her all over America, Europe, and Africa. In the mid-1980s, she founded, in cooperation with the United Church of Christ, the African Youth Survival Camp, located in Enfield, North Carolina, for children of homeless families. During her college years, she was known for her powerful voice, sharp political analysis, cultural allegiance, community organizing, and for her humanity. Post-graduation, Sister Souljah earned the love and support of her African American community by creating a national youth and student movement. She is credited for serving homeless families, creating academic, cultural, and recreational after-school programs, weekend academies, and sleep-away summer camps. Partnering with major mainstream celebrities, she provided her efforts free to all young people and families in need. A multidimensional woman, Souljah was the only female performing artist and voice of Public Enemy. She is also a wife and a mother. A storyteller who makes the entire world her home, she lives wherever she is “pushing her pen.”

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Midnight: A gangster love story by Sister Souljah
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Major characters in Midnight

  • Midnight, the narrator and title character, is a 14-year-old Black Sudanese immigrant. He learns about the struggles that occur in the US. He proceeds to criticize the way that modern African Americans act in contrast to the way he and the men in Sudan behave and, in contrast, they have loose behavior. He also learns to find love and trains in Ninjutsu so that he can protect the people whom he loves and cares for.
  • Umma, Midnight’s and Naja’s mother, is content with the way woman act in her country and is trying to make a notable life for her two children since their move to the United States by founding a business through which she designs and sells elaborate traditional garments.
  • Naja, Umma’s daughter, is Midnight’s 7-year-old sister. Midnight and Umma try to protect her from the world at large.
  • Akemi, a 16-year-old Japanese girl who lives in Queens where she is working for her uncle while in America on an art fellowship from Japan. Akemi speaks Japanese, Mandarin, and Korean, but she is slowly learning English. An art prodigy, she attends college-level classes at Pratt Institute. She and Midnight love each other romantically.
  • Ameer, described as one of Midnight’s close friends, is a 15-year-old Five Percenter who is mostly interested in girls. Ameer and Midnight fight frequently in a playful way. After a street fight between the two characters ends, Midnight explains his and Akemi’s relationship.
  • Chris, another of Midnight’s close friends, plays basketball for money in a hustlers’ league, and lives with his mother and strict, protective father.
  • Marty Bookbinder, the owner of a bookstore with whom Midnight plays chess and is offered sage advice and life lessons.

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Edited June 22, 2015

Wavered really hard on how to rate this book, what I wanted to say and how I felt about it..I must say I found myself reading it but not really enjoying it–Honestly I found myself annoyed and appalled at the stereotypes, the cultural and religious bias, the arrogance and unbelivable aspect of the main character: the oh so worldly and mature “Midnight” and the lack of positive African Americans throughout the entire novel..I too claim roots in New York, not Brooklyn but close enough to major activity to know that there are success stories not statistics coming out of these places but you would never know that from this book..It is embarrassing and disgusting– the portrayal of Americans and blacks in general in this book is outrageous and false..ugh..okay so let me digress and get into the plot..young Midnight and his incomparable mother (believe me I say that because every description of her is designed to enforce her superiority over every woman not born in Sudan) are relocated for some vague reason to America to start their life there. While in America, a land where they are able to start their own business, find jobs, housing and gradual acceptance they constantly criticize and berate every person on their block and in the country.. They save and scrimp and are even able to buy a home but still have nothing but complaints and insults to how life is in America and how things are done. So Midnight is some kind of super boy and at the age of seven finds housing, a job for him and his mother and everything, oh by the way he is also a ninja in training and incredible at basketball LOL..Okay so seven years pass, a sister is born and while Midnight is still running around dodging all the girls because oh yeah he is also incredibly handsome, smart and cut.. he catches the eye of a Japanese girl Akemi by his job and after a mere two weeks or so and despite not being able to understand a word she says they fall in love..I didnt mind this aspect of the book so much until like every other thing in his life he gives scathing comparisons and heavily prejudiced views that make you hate Akemi, his mother Umma and definitely him..I did also find it was very laughable and farfetched to believe that at fourteen he could feel he was ready to commit to marriage but apparently he is just that mature. I recognize he was born in another land with different views, beliefs and morals and I find that beautiful and would have been impressed with its power.. and I would have loved it if there were equal portrayals of Americans as well, we are not all the same and the only black girls in the book are promiscuous, teenage moms, and all around trashy..with the exception of the lawyer there was no positivity at all..I was disappointed..I found the descriptions of the Muslim religion very powerful and inspirational however there was just too many comparisons and negative blatant inconsistencies I just couldnt get with…for example how can he talk of the Brooklyn guys as if they were nothing yet he changes his whole style to be like them….how can he criticize how they kill each other when he killed two men…how can he judge EVERYTHING at the tender age of fourteen, seriously it was way too unbelievable..I didnt get the ending and honestly unless they look at his life at twenty-five I have no interest in the outcome it was too silly to take seriously and I was pretty let down..

Diane Wallace

Edited April 9, 2017

The Best!!! a young protagonist who had ambitious and provocative ways that had to learn how to survive in the projects with his family..well written..recommend to all (paperback!)

Jaree Francis

Edited April 12, 2011

This was a daring attempt from Sister Souljah, but it worked in my eyes. How she tapped into the psyche of a young man from another country making his way in America(NY) I find remarkable. This isn’t your typical urban fiction; I must say it is a cut above. This tale was well researched putting authenticity at a high. The con of this novel is that at some points it bordered on 3 and 4 stars…Edging on, towards the last 10-15 percent, it earned it’s 5th star. I’ve had this novel since it original release and have started and stopped quite a few times. This isn’t a book I would recommend for those who want exhiliration, heavy sex, or a raw taste of the streets. Just as Midnight is, the gangsta of this novel is very well disciplined. And now on to the next one(Midnight and the Meaning of Love)

Jama Jack

Edited February 7, 2013

Know that feeling when a book is so good that you take your time, savoring its contents and digesting the many messages woven in its pages? Remember that feeling of satisfying a midnight craving, feeling satiated and sane(in my case)? That is exactly what I felt with this book. Midnight:A Gangster Love Story seems like the book I’ve been waiting to read all my life.

Midnight is a young Sudanese immigrant in the United States. He moved to New York with his pregnant mother at the age of 7. The author takes us on a journey into 7 years of their lives in the US. Eventually, his sister is born and our protagonist takes up huge responsibilities. The author gives a brief look into their lives in Sudan, highlighting their affluent background. I felt drawn to Midnight and his mother Umma, for two main reasons: they were African and Muslim. The proximity did well for my connection to the plot, as there was a common ground and I could relate to most of the developments. I was fascinated, however, by how much responsibility the author had placed on 7 year old Midnight, who quickly devised various means of survival in the ‘ghettos’ of Brooklyn, after checking out of their hotel. He put his mother’s talents to use and this, coupled with the two jobs they both found, became a source of income for their small family.

The author tells a story that draws away from the usual stereotypes of young immigrants getting so used to the American lifestyle, that they throw away their beliefs and values. They are depicted as being vulnerable to peer pressure and their new environments. While giving a healthy dose of scenes in the ‘ghetto’- gangs, guns, girls, baby-daddies/mamas, murder, strip clubs, fresh kicks, shiny cars and shady business- the author focuses on Midnight’s strength in the face of all these temptations. The contrast does well for the plot, as the reader is led to wonder how a 7-year old boy refused to cave in to the ‘easy life’, despite threats he faced at his arrival. This left me concluding that Midnight is probably my favourite fictional character(I’m sorry Mr Potter), closely followed by his mother(I’m sorry Miss Granger), who represented the true African woman in beauty, wisdom, purity and modesty among other things.

By the end of the book, one would realise that it was not just written for pleasure reading. I have never read a cover that provided as many ‘quotables’ as this one did. Sistah Souljah weaves in messages of tolerance, responsibility, faith, love, respect, tenacity, chastity etc while putting into perspective various social ills, the most touching being sexual molestation in the family setting. Religious references, business tactics, love, marriage and sex bond to create the wonderful tapestry that is Midnight’s life. My respect for him hit the skies with a huge decision he took at age 14(avoiding spoilers here).

Of the numerous lessons to learn from this excellent production, a few stuck with me and have managed to mark me greatly. I was strongly convinced that one is never too young to start doing great things; that age does not determine maturity; that I can achieve my goals if only I give them the time and dedication they require; that I can stay true to myself no matter what environment or circumstances I found myself in; and finally, that love conquers all barriers when it is pure and true.

I hope to get a hard copy of the book so my children will have a chance to benefit from the lessons in it, while enjoying the story in general. This is certainly one book that’ll stay with me forever; one that I strongly recommend to everyone. The beautiful thing about it all is the voice in which the narration was done… quite different from the usually well-manicured sentences and paragraphs. The diction matched the protagonist and setting of the story, drawing the reader to the characters and creating a connection that lasts till the end. I loved it and I’m in a hurry to start the second book: The Coldest Winter Ever. Finally, this deserved 5 stars and that’s exactly what it got! I truly fell in love with this love story!

Reviews from customers Amazon for Midnight: A gangster love story by Sister souljah

Latrice1.0 out of 5 stars Unenjoyable is an understatement
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2020
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I’ve gotten halfway through this book and am returning it. This book is complete trash. It’s a slow drag of a story with no true climax or reason. It’s also hard to digest that a 14 year old boy is so gifted in all areas of life. I grew up in the hood, and the stereotypes of young black women growing up in the hood are disgusting. The book never states what happened to Midnight’s father.This book does not have one saving grace. This book does not hold a candle to TCWE.
Twigi5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected interest
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2018
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Not being the biggest fan of Souljah, I had no expectations when I opened this book. If you read the coldest winter ever you’d begin this book with expectations of TCWE continuing but that’s not the he case……. this book was good in the sense that it takes you to the beginning of midnights existence so you can see how his personality was cultivated. As his Tory is told you forget his age which is very young in this book but his experiences were that of an adult the writing is great , detailed and articulate I can’t wait to get to the next book, don’t take my word read for ur self .

5.0 out of 5 stars A coming of age for a boy coming to America
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2022
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All through this novel I had to remind myself l, he is only 14. A young man without a father in America… In NEW YORK… At 7 with only the memory of what a man is supposed to be. To have to model himself on his father’s footsteps to help his mom and young sister. He took on A LOT. At 14 he did ALOT. Then I had to remember this is a fictitional urban street story about a young man who is able to broker deals on behalf of his mother while he is 7 to 14 years old. I mean this 7 year old boy was beating up kids twice his age, walkinging his mom safely to work, getting guns, mastering karate… All kinds of stuff. It’s fiction. BUT art mimics reality. Cultures outside of America train their children for war at early ages. Discipline them in arts and other languages at early ages. Midnight is a fictitional character but his discipline for his religion, his work, and his ethics is not unreal. It’s just foreign to Americans.

Once I accepted my facts I was able to enjoy this book. Yes his critique of American culture and American women… Mostly African American women is harsh but he’s 14 missing his father and being forced to navigate New York with only is Quran and his ideology of what is right. HOWEVER… I will say, some of the things he questioned about American culture was spot on and I respected the opinion. It didn’t bother me that he had strong opinions. It actually made me question some of the culture we have accepted. Overall a great read. I will say Midnight does have sex in this book as a 14 year old. I’m against talking about sex when it comes to minors. I can’t read that part so I skipped it.

A King & Crown
4.0 out of 5 stars First Sister Souljah read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 10, 2014
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I’ve been really captured by Sister Souljah’s writing.
I came across this book on the recommendation of a friend and its been sat on my wish list for a about a year now, until a few Sundays back I was bored and in need of some new reading material and couldn’t figure out what to buy. So I was going through the ever helpful amazon reviews and ended up purchasing this book by accident before ‘Coldest Winter Ever’ which I was intending to start with.

So far, the book has been nothing short of capturing.
Her style of writing is so fluent that you’ll find yourself not wanting to put the book down at times. The pace and imagery of Brooklyn is so accurate that I began to see and feel the similarities with life out here in London.
I’m only about half way through at the moment, so I’m anticipating how the book ends. My only predicament now is which book to read after? Midnight and the meaning of love, or go back to read up on The coldest Winter ever.

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