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Author
Susan Straight.
Publisher Pantheon  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780307379146
Pages/Publication Date 320/2010
Daedalus Item Code 23533
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The author of A Million Nightingales and the National Book Award finalist Highwire Moon offers this luminous novel about the forces that tear families apart and the ties that bind them together. Fantine "FX" Antoine is a successful travel writer, which keeps her happily away from her Southern California hometown. When she returns to mark the fifth anniversary of the murder of her childhood best friend Glorette, she is pulled into the tumultuous life of Glorette's 22-year-old son—and Fantine's godson—Victor. Involved in a shooting, Victor flees to New Orleans, and together with her father, Fantine follows him, determined to help Victor avoid the criminal future that he suddenly seems unable to avoid. As they cross from California to the heart of Louisiana, all three will come face-to-face with the issues of race that beset them: Fantine, whose light skin has allowed her a kind of invisibility; her father, who grew up in the Jim Crow South and has tried to guard his family against that world; and Victor, whose fall into violence mirrors the path of so many other young black men. And all three will end up in the teeth of Hurricane Katrina, brewing in the gulf.

"From National Book Award finalist Straight, a searing, ultimately redemptive novel about America's legacy of racial violence and a woman's struggle to forge her own identity.... Deeply rooted in the African-American experience, yet filled with insights that resonate for anyone seeking to make a better life without disowning the past. Straight writes about the thorny subject of race with sensitivity and nuance."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 
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