Upon meeting the tenth
housekeeper hired to care for him, the
Professor launches into a math lesson on
magical numbers, focusing on the special
prime numbers. Rather than being annoyed or
intimidated like the others, the Housekeeper
becomes intrigued, determined to make the
relationship work. She draws the Professor
out, asking him to explain his ideas, and he
blossoms further when her young son begins
to visit with him after school. Since the
Professor's memory constantly dissolves, the
introductions begin anew every morning and
each day is an opportunity to create a new
The title characters are known to the reader only by their professions, and the symbolic anonymity adds to ...
Blood at the Root
"A gripping, timely, and important examination of American racism."
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