Saturday, May 23, 2015

Black & White

Mat Johnson has rightfully earned lavish critical praise for risk-taking novels such as Pym (2011) and Incognegro (2009).  Loving Day (Spiegel & Grau, $26), a take-no-prisoners view of interracial relationships and hysteria, may at last bring Johnson to a wider readership.  In Loving Day we meet biracial Warren Duffy, who has returned to Philadelphia after his marriage to a Welsh woman unravels, his comic ship in Cardiff, Wales, goes out of business and his Irish-American father dies.  It’s hardly grist for a funny novel, but once Warren moves into what he believes is a haunted mansion, all hell breaks loose. You will marvel at the finesse with which Johnson handles this story.

Review by P.H.B. in Essence, May 2015.

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