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August 31, 2014 9:17 AM Subscribe
Uncomfortable in His Own Skin ‘Your Face in Mine,’ by Jess Row, a Novel About Changing Race: [New York Times]
"When literary fiction dares examine the issue of race at all, it is usually done in an exceedingly tone-deaf way (think William Styron’s Confessions Of Nat Turner or Kathryn Stockett’s The Help) or from a somewhat safe remove (think Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue). It always seems as if the story is accompanied by a blaring announcement that it’s time for this (white) protagonist to learn something. Sometimes the pedantic drum-banging can get so excessive it drowns out everything else, including the inclination to tell a good story. If nothing else, the debut novel from Jess Row, Your Face In Mine, is a refreshing plunge into the deep end of the race conversation." [A.V. Club]
"Has it really been nearly 55 years since John Howard Griffin, a white journalist from Dallas, darkened his skin to pass as a black man, then chronicled his largely unpleasant experiences traveling through the Deep South in “Black Like Me,” a book that would rock more than a few people’s worlds upon publication in 1961? One wishes that Griffin, who died in 1980, could be around to weigh in on Jess Row’s debut novel, “Your Face in Mine,” in which a white man also elects to assume an African-American guise. This is a tale of passing for the age of Obama and medical tourism in which the black male would appear to have skyrocketed from the pariah of Griffin’s pre-civil-rights moment to “the perfect vehicle, the vessel for every American desire.”" [Boston Globe]More reviews from: [NPR Books] [L.A. Times] [Slate] [New York Times]
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