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  • ISBN: 9781616208790
  • ISBN: 1616208791
  • Physical Description: 264 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2020.

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A darkly funny and heartfelt debut novel about what it means to grow up young and black on the south side of Chicago when it feels like your choices are slim to none.
Claude McKay Love is an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change. When riots consume his neighborhood he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago to go to college, find a new identity, and leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. Is there is any safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America? -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1
    Claude is a dreamer, often labeled as soft in his Chicago neighborhood. When his mother abandons him, Claude is raised by his defiant, life-affirming grandmother and her companion, Paul. Steeped in memories of the civil rights era, they are determined to do right by Claude despite their own dubious life choices. He drifts through his school years: first love, bullies, protective idol, then a heart-stopping love for Janice, a girl who will herself be abandoned. After the questionable killing of a young child by police, the community reaches a crisis point. Big Columbus, a local drug dealer-cum-community hero, stands up to the police. Facing "violent wrongs" on both sides, citizens are caught in the middle. The neighborhood and Claude's family never quite recover. As soon as he can, Claude flees to college in Missouri, but Chicago's South Shore maintains its grip as he learns that the same "racist social structure loom like malevolent skyscrapers" there, too. Bump's first novel is a clipped and penetrating look at adolescent hope in the face of powerful social forces. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: African Americans > Fiction.
Racism > Fiction.
Grandparent and child > Fiction.
Riots > Fiction.
Chicago (Ill.) > Fiction.
College students > Fiction.
FICTION / African American / Urban Life.
FICTION / Coming of Age.
FICTION / Family Life.
African Americans.
College students.
Grandparent and child.
Illinois > Chicago.
Genre: Bildungsromans.
Urban fiction.
Urban fiction.

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