I got stumped last year trying to review this book.
On the heels of Oprah's announcement that Say
You're One of Them would be her next book club
pick, I looked back on my abandoned draft. I see two
paragraphs with an "x" marked through them, and
written at the bottom: I'm afraid I don't have
the right adjectives to review this book.
Unspeakable things happen to children in these stories, awful things we know are happening to actual children in the real world. It's hard to explain, then, why anyone should want to read them. The best I can come up with is that these stories aren't about the unspeakable things that happen, but how these children survive them. It's a small shift, but an important one, and it's the very thing that makes these stories ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
- PW Starred Review
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