We Cast A Shadow

We Cast A Shadow

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : One World, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525509066
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 25 cm


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Sep 26, 2019

I liked the concept of the book but reading it (actually listening to it since I did the audiobook version) was not the greatest. I did listen to it in one sitting and after it ended, it felt like a bit of a waste of time. It does have a "Get Out" feeling as author Roxane Gay states in her review but I wasn't a fan of the book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 15, 2019

Darkly satirical. While I'm glad I read this one, the author does an excellent job of making this white reader uncomfortable. I'd give this to fans of Friday Black...

Apr 22, 2019

First, let me state that after about 100 pages, I called it quits with this novel. I think of this novel as a satirical social commentary of the future,and in that respect, the author did succeed. However, with an overuse of stereotypical racial images and cliches, several other underlying themes were buried. The author is a skilled writer, and I am hoping that his next novel will be more appealing..


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