Great book. I wish the narrator had been different.
None of the characters rang true - not the privileged, WASP families nor the African American characters. I was hesitant to start this novel written by an Indian author about WASP and poor Black families because I feared she wouldn’t understand the subtleties of race relations in the US despite her 20 years of living here. The plot shows she has a good understanding but not one that’s deep enough to write a family-driven story like this. This story in the hands of an African American female author or even a WASP mother of an adopted black son would have been much more powerful. As it is, it’s a story with a plot that moves along well and will keep you engaged as long as you are only remotely familiar with the lives of African Americans in this country. It raises questions about race and privilege in a safe, protected environment, not really challenging the average White reader to leave their comfort zone.
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