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  • Hardcover
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  • We Cast a Shadow
  • Maurice Carlos Ruffin
  • en
  • 24 May 2019
  • 9780525509066

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We Cast a Shadow

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G private prisons our narrator knows Nigel might not survive Having watched the world take away his own father he is determined to stop history from repeating itselfThere is one potential solution a new experimental medical procedure that promises to save lives by turning people white 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 incre. As I began to write this review I asked myself how do I write this review in such a way that I don’t offend white people And then the irony of that uestion hit me like a punch in the gutIn We Cast a Shadow our main character and most black Americans have spent their lives not only trying not to offend white people but trying to amuse them cater to them and yes be them You see in our near future tale those with money enough can have a series of procedures to become white Why do they want to be white Because in our author’s world racism and segregation are very much back as part of the American Landscape And to be honest simply watching the Barbeue Beckys and torch bearing White Nationalists of today the author’s world isn’t uite so implausibleFor a black person to succeed in this America they need to act the minstrel be perfectly inoffensive and make absolutely sure that whites don’t see them as a threatOur main character is desperate for his bi racial son to be white and only white And he’ll act the fool and be the perfect Uncle Tom in order to make this happenEven as his world starts falling apart that pale skin is the only thing he strives forThe book is enormously painful Oddly though it’s not the white people laughing at controlling or demeaning the non whites that is the most painfulIt’s our main character and his absolute lack of pride or respectThe author does an amazing job of getting the reader to truly understand why our character is the way he is His behavior isn’t any palatable but we get it and in getting it we feel a bit complicitThe book is uncomfortable – and from the first page to the last it doesn’t get less soNot a happy book but a relevant one – and I’m glad I read itARC Provided via NetGalley

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A bold provocative debut for fans of Get Out and Paul Beatty's The Sellout about a father who will do anything to protect his son even if it means turning him white How far would you go to protect your childOur narrator faces an impossible decision Like any father he just wants the best for his son Nigel a biracial boy whose black birthmark is growing larger by the day In this near future society plagued by resurgent racism segregation and expandin. I don't know if it's fair to compare anything at all to Invisible Man but I can't think of another novel that includes the same mix of high satire and terrifying truth as does this debut from Maurice Carlos Ruffin Ellison is clearly on Ruffin's mind here Ruffin's opening sentences pay homage to the first lines of Invisible Man only Ruffin's opening is far cynical and without hope about the health of black identity within a white majority culture Here is Ellison I am an invisible man No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasmsI am invisible understand simply because people refuse to see me and Ruffin My name doesn't matter All you need to know is that I'm a phantom a figmentEllison's unnamed protagonist knows he is a man and not a ghost he is asserting his personhood even though white people consistently try to erase him Ruffin's unnamed protagonist in contrast insists he is a ghost he has accepted and embraced his lack of personhood and has bought into these racist ideas of the white culture he lives inWhat follows is satire so close to the truth that it hurts to laugh The satirical jabs here cause pain even when they are extraordinarily funny And at first they are funny the way only the most true satire can be But then at some point the novel stops being funny Maybe it's right around the time when the unnamed narrator daubs his son with skin bleach that burns like battery acid while telling his son that it's for his own good You discover that you've been led through a landscape that you only mistook for satire and what you're reading now is an unrelenting indictment of the caustic affects of racism on a black man's selfhood and dignity Some works tackle the subject of racism in a way that allows white people to feel really good about themselves in the end Others don't leave space for white readers to reasonably separate themselves from the racism depicted in their pages or to come away with I'm one of the good guys feelings because in real life there are no white people exceptions to systemic racism This novel is the second kind of achievement It may sell fewer books because of it but it's a braver book because of it We Cast a Shadow is not as tightly perfect as Invisible Man but for me it had human heartbreak in it

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Asingly surreal hoops from diversity committees to plantation tours to euality activist groups in an urgent uest to protect his sonThis electrifying suspenseful novel is at once a razor sharp satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly moving family story Writing in the tradition of Ralph Ellison and Franz Kafka Maurice Carlos Ruffin fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit and on the desperate things we do for the ones we lo. I like the coverM