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The Turnaround

by George Pelecanos

The Turnaround
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2008, 304 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2009, 304 pages

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Diane La Rue

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Pelecanos raises important questions about racism, friendship, loyalty, guilt and redemption

Fans of HBO's "The Wire" will no doubt recognize the type of characters and narrative style in George Pelecanos' novel The Turnaround; he was a writer for the critically acclaimed series.

Turnaround
opens in Washington DC in 1972. Pelecanos draws on his own background working as a delivery boy for his father's restaurant to write the character of Alex Pappas, a teenager of Greek descent, who works in his father's coffee shop in a working class section of Washington DC.

Alex and two of his friends are driving around, drinking beer and smoking pot, when two of the boys decide to drive through Heathrow Heights, the area of town where the working class black population lives. They throw a pie and a racial slur at three young black men, and physical violence ensues. Thirty-five years later, the repercussions of that incident still reverberate in the...

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