By Nell Zink
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2015 nationwide ebook AWARD
A sharply saw, mordantly humorous, and startlingly unique novel from a thrilling, unconventional new voice—the writer of the acclaimed The Wallcreeper—about the making and unmaking of the yank family members that lays naked all of our assumptions approximately race and racism, sexuality and desire.
Stillwater university in Virginia, 1966. Freshman Peggy, an ingénue with literary pretensions, falls lower than the spell of Lee, a blue-blooded poet and professor, they usually commence an ill-advised affair that leads to an unplanned being pregnant and marriage. the 2 are mismatched from the start—she’s a lesbian, he’s gay—but it takes a decade of emotional erosion sooner than Peggy runs off with their three-year-old daughter, leaving their nine-year-old son behind.
Worried that Lee can have her devoted for her erratic habit, Peggy is going underground, adopting an African American character for her and her daughter. They squat in a home in an African-American payment, finally relocating to a housing venture the place nobody questions their real racial identities. As Peggy and Lee’s teenagers develop up, they need to cope with assorted emotional matters: Byrdie bargains together with his father’s compulsive honesty; whereas Karen struggles along with her mother’s lies—she is familiar with neither her actual age, nor that she is “white,” nor that she has the other family.
Years later, a minority scholarship lands Karen on the college of Virginia, the place Byrdie is in his senior yr. finally the lengthy misplaced siblings will meet, environment off a chain of misunderstandings and culminating in a comedic finale priceless of Shakespeare.
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