On Sale: January 29, 2019
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Multicultural African-American | Humor
“You can be beautiful, even more beautiful than before.”
This is the seductive promise of Dr. Nzinga’s clinic, where
anyone can get their lips thinned, their skin bleached, and
their noses narrowed. A complete demelanization will
liberate you from the confines of being born in a black
body—if you can afford it.
In this near-future Southern city plagued by fenced-in
ghettos and police violence, more and more residents are
turning to this experimental medical procedure. Like any
father, our narrator just wants the best for his son, Nigel,
a biracial boy whose black birthmark is getting bigger by
the day. The darker Nigel becomes, the more frightened his
father feels. But how far will he go to protect his son? And
will he destroy his family in the process?
This electrifying, hallucinatory novel is at once a keen
satire of surviving racism in America and a profoundly
moving family story. At its center is a father at war with
himself who just wants his son to thrive in a broken world.
A writer whose work evokes the crackling prose of Ralph
Ellison and the dizzying menace of Franz Kafka, Maurice
Carlos Ruffin is a ferociously talented new writer who
fearlessly shines a light on the violence we inherit, and on
the desperate things we do for the ones we love.
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