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Written By: Mat Johnson

Narrated By: Jd Jackson

Date: May 2015

Duration: 12 hours 5 minutes


Warren Duffy has returned to America for all the worst reasons; his marriage to a beautiful Welsh woman has come apart; his comic 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 in the grass outside; 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 the 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 is his daughter and she thinks she's white. Warren sets off the remake his life with a reluctant daughter he never knew and a haunted house and history he knows too well.

In their search for a new life they struggle with an unwanted house and its ghosts, fall in with a utopian mixed-race cult, and inspire a riot on Loving Day, the unsung holiday that celebrates interracial love.

Mat Johnson is a novelist and graphic novelist and teaches at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. His last novel, PYM, was a book of the year in the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Salon, and several other newspapers throughout the country.


  • Gail Lopes

    This was a great book. Lots of humor in the context of thoughtful reflections on race in America. Our hero finds himself in increasingly untenable situations as each wrong decision he makes ironically seems to build logically on the previous wrong move. The reader did a good job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Nicole I.

    I didn't finish this book. I gave it a chance, a few hours into it I turned it off. No character development or plot development. I was waiting and it was going nowhere. Flat. None of the characters grab your attention.

  • Amy S.

    The premise of the book about race identity is an important one. However the plot was untenable and the literary prose was lacking. Aside from the the protagonist the characters were one dimensional and as a I reader found it impossible to have empathy for them. This book needs to go back to the writing process tor be scrapped all together. I would recommended other authors such as James McBride who tackle this theme with humor, grace and honesty. I do not recommend this book.

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