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We cast a shadow : a novel

Author: Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Publisher: New York : One World, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In a near-future Southern city, everyone is talking about a new experimental medical procedure that boasts unprecedented success rates. In a society plagued by racism, segregation, and private prisons, this operation saves lives with a controversial method--by turning people white. Like any father, our unnamed narrator just wants the best for his son Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Satire
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Satire
FICTION / African American / General
Political fiction
Dystopian fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maurice Carlos Ruffin
ISBN: 9780525509066 0525509062
OCLC Number: 1035437430
Description: 324 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Maurice Carlos Ruffin.

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"In a near-future Southern city, everyone is talking about a new experimental medical procedure that boasts unprecedented success rates. In a society plagued by racism, segregation, and private prisons, this operation saves lives with a controversial method--by turning people white. Like any father, our unnamed narrator just wants the best for his son Nigel, a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by the day. But in order to afford Nigel's whiteness operation, our narrator must make partner as one of the few black associates at his law firm, jumping through a series of increasingly absurd hoops--from diversity committees to plantation tours to equality activist groups--in a tragicomic quest to protect his son. This electrifying, suspenseful novel is, at once, a razor-sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story. In the tradition of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, We Cast a Shadow fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on the desperate things we do for the ones we love"--

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