Loving Day

Loving Day

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From the author of the critically beloved Pym (a€œImagine Kurt Vonnegut having a beer with Ralph Ellison and Jules Verne.a€a€”Vanity Fair) comes a ruthlessly comic and moving tale of a man discovering a lost daughter, confronting an elusive ghost, and stumbling onto the possibility of utopia. a€œIn the ghetto there is a mansion, and it is my fathera€™s house.a€ Warren Duffy has returned to America for all the worst reasons: His marriage to a beautiful Welsh woman has come apart; his comics shop in Cardiff has failed; and his Irish American father has died, bequeathing to Warren his last possession, a roofless, half-renovated mansion in the heart of black Philadelphia. On his first night in his new home, Warren spies two figures outside in the grass. When he screws up the nerve to confront them, they disappear. The next day he encounters ghosts of a different kind: In the face of a teenage girl he meets at a comics convention he sees the mingled features of his white father and his black mother, both now dead. The girl, Tal, is his daughter, and shea€™s been raised to think shea€™s white. Spinning from these revelations, Warren sets off to remake his life with a reluctant daughter hea€™s never known, in a haunted house with a history he knows too well. In their search for a new life, he and Tal struggle with ghosts, fall in with a utopian mixed-race cult, and ignite a riot on Loving Day, the unsung holiday for interracial lovers. A frequently hilarious, surprisingly moving story about blacks and whites, fathers and daughters, the living and the dead, Loving Day celebrates the wonders of opposites bound in love. Praise for Loving Day a€œIncisive . . . razor-sharp . . . Loving Day is that rare mAclange: cerebral comedy with pathos. The vitality of our narrator deserves much of the credit for that. He has the neurotic bawdiness of Philip Rotha€™s Alexander Portnoy; the keen, caustic eye of Bob Jones in Chester Himesa€™s If He Hollers Let Him Go; the existential insight of Ellisona€™s Invisible Man.a€a€”The New York Times Book Review a€œExceptional . . . To say that Loving Day is a book about race is like saying Moby-Dick is a book about whales. . . . [Mat Johnsona€™s] unrelenting examination of blackness, whiteness and everything in between is handled with ruthless candor and riotous humor. . . . Even when the novela€™s family strife and racial politics are at peak intensity, Johnsona€™s comic timing is impeccable.a€a€”Los Angeles Times a€œLoving Day is about being blackish in America, a subject about which Johnson has emerged as satirist, historian, spy, social media trickster (follow him on Twitter) and demon-fingered blues guitarist. . . . Johnson, at his best, is a powerful comic observer [and] a gifted writer, always worth reading on the topics of race and privilege.a€™a€a€”Dwight Garner, The New York Times a€œHilarious and touching new novel about family, identity and what it means to truly love other people . . . The disasters make us who we are, and the results can sometimes be amazinga€”as amazing as this beautiful, triumphant miracle of a book.a€a€”NPR a€œGiddy, biting . . . ferocious . . . Grand metaphors, unsparing social commentary, sharp characters, and sharper humor help propel the book. . . . Loving Day is a welcome effort from a major talent.a€a€”The Boston Globe From the Hardcover edition.Its windows are broken and boarded; dirt sticks to the surface of the doors as if they havena#39;t been opened in decades; but I still cana#39;t believe I hadna#39;t thought to do this before. Therea#39;s a lock ... The 1968 black Volkswagen Beetle. And there areanbsp;...

Title:Loving Day
Author: Mat Johnson
Publisher:Spiegel & Grau - 2015-05-26

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